The government has made Gwadar Port operational for the Afghan transit trade

The government has made Gwadar Port operational for the Afghan transit trade

Posted on Apr 21, 2020

The federal government has made Gwadar Port operational under the Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement 2010.

Advisor on the trade Abdul Razzaq Daud issued a statement saying shipment of trucks full of sugar, wheat, and fertilizer would be allowed to travel to Afghanistan.

He said that Afghanistan's cargo of 16,000 tonnes of DAP, and 5 million tonnes of wheat from the World Food Organization, will arrive next month.

He said that Chinese ships could also be offloaded at Gwadar Port.


The advisory trade said that Gwadar Port's operationalization for Afghan transit has fulfilled the long-standing demand of the business community and shipping industry, which will create business and employment opportunities in Gwadar and related highways.

It may be recalled that Pakistan had earlier decided to resume transport of cargo trucks to Torkham and Chaman border on humanitarian grounds 3 days a week, with a special request from the Afghan government.

"From April 10, 2020, three days a week will be facilitated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Torkham and Chaman borders," the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Remember that Pakistan closed Chaman and Torkham border crossing Afghanistan last month to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

At the National Security Committee meeting March 13 in view of the Coronavirus, it was decided to close the border with Iran and Afghanistan.

The notice issued by the Interior Ministry after the National Security Committee meeting stated that in light of the decision of the National Security Committee meeting, the western border of Pakistan with Afghanistan and Iran is being closed for 14 days.

The notice stated that the decision was made in the best interests of the three brotherly countries, which will be implemented from March 16.

Prime Minister Imran Khan March 20 announced the opening of the Spain-Boldak border in Chaman between Pakistan and Afghanistan, allowing trucks from Pakistan to travel to Afghanistan.

In a message on the social relations website Twitter, he expressed solidarity with the Afghan people in view of the Coronavirus, but his message could not be made clear whether the opening of the border would allow the people to move.

Later on March 28, the government announced that the country's eastern and western borders would be closed for another two weeks due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.


Mian Tajamul

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