Pakistan nixes India-Afghanistan transit trade

Islamabad, Nov 25 ( Pakistan has refused Afghanistan permission to import goods from India through Wagah border under the Pakistan-Afghan transit trade agreement.

Pakistan refused the demand made by Afghan officials at a meeting in Kabul earlier this week on the ground that the trade agreement was between Pakistan and Afghanistan and India had no role to play in this, Online news agency reported.

During the meeting, officials of Pakistan’s Federal Bureau of Revenue expressed acute reservations over the Afghan demand.

The meeting also decided to take steps for stopping smuggling via the Pakistan-Afghan border.

A proposal for Afghan transporters receiving goods at Karachi port was also discussed at the meeting. Pakistan proposed that customs duty levied by the Afghan government would be collected by Pakistani officials, who would then pass it on to Kabul.