An important development has occurred between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the Parliamentary delegation visited the Chaman border on Thursday. In this visit, it was discussed how to improve trade and take steps to increase facilities on the Pak-Afgan border.
The delegation includes the Special Representative of the Prime Minister on Afghanistan Affairs M. Sadiq, Senator Shandana Gulzar, and MNA Salahuddin Ayubi. Additional Chief Secretary Home Hafiz Abdul Basit, Chief Collector Baluchistan Gul Rahman, Collectors Preventive Irfan Javed and Waheed Marwat, FC Commandant Colonel Rashid, and other senior officers of the ministries of Commerce, Interior, Railways, NADRA, FC, and NLC were also present there.
The delegation was briefed on various initiatives during the meeting. These included keeping the border open seven days a week, the fact that railway connectivity should be restored, the need for a reduction in security check-posts, and the need to facilitate the locals of both sides to improve bilateral trade.
The SAPM Arbab said progress was being made on various issues to boost trade with Afghanistan and improve movement on the Chaman border. He further said bilateral trade relations between Pakistan and increase people to people interaction among citizens of both countries.
While addressing the media he added that if the border will remain open seven days a week it will meet the legitimate demands of the people of Chaman. It will provide better business and employment opportunities to the locals. Thus it will boost economic cooperation and growth on both sides.
“Therefore, we will take all necessary steps to remove obstacles to the smooth flow of trade between the two countries,” he said. “Pakistan’s new visa policy for Afghanistan has facilitated Afghan citizens, businessmen, students, and patients. This will help improve long-term relations.”
For regional peace and stability, strong relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are essential.
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