Ashraf directs all-week goods transport across Pak-Afghan border

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 4:00:24 by

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to keep the Custom Facilitating Posts at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border open on all seven days of the week to facilitate transportation of goods between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister gave the direction when a delegation of the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) called on him at the PM House this afternoon.

The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Interior to depute its personnel to ensure that the posts are fully functional at Pak-Afghan border to facilitate passage of goods across the border.

Ashraf was told that this step would increase bilateral trade between the two countries by 12 to 13% and also reduce the cost of freight as the same transport would now be able to apply for another day.

The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Interior to exempt Afghan businessmen travelling to Pakistan on valid visa from the provision of Police inquiry.

“Pakistan and Afghanistan are important and indispensable for each other.”

The importance given to Afghanistan by his government can be measured from the fact that he paid his first official visit to Afghanistan, said Ashraf.  “Kabul is the most important capital for Pakistan.”

Trade, the Prime Minister said, has an important role in fostering relations between the two countries.  The Prime Minister expressed the hope that trade between the two countries would further enhance the existing relations between the two countries.

Afghan businesspersons complained that as many as 3000 Afghan containers were stuck at the Karachi seaport. The Prime Minister expressed concern over their detention and directed Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue to sit with the Afghan side and release the containers within ten days.  He also directed the FBR to devise a fool proof mechanism to ensure that containers are cleared in future promptly so that genuine trade was not affected.

He assured the delegation to improve the condition of Quetta-Chaman Road.

Quetta News Sources -2

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