Pakistan reopens Wagah border for Afghanistan exports

The government of Pakistan has decided to again start letting exports from Afghanistan through the Wagah border crossing from July 15 onwards, after implementing coronavirus-related protocols. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, this measure was taken under the Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), and at the request of the Afghanistan government.

"Pakistan remains fully committed to further strengthening its bilateral relations with Afghanistan in all areas including trade, and to facilitate Afghanistan’s transit trade under APTTA," read the statement.

In May, Pakistan announced the opening of Pak-Afghan border at Torkham and Chaman round the clock for six days a week. It was closed on March 27 as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of Covid-19. However, Afghan exports to India through the Wagah border had remained suspended.

Last month, Afghan traders claimed restrictions on the trade of their fresh fruits and vegetables by Pakistan were causing them huge losses.


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