NA: (Goods trains for Afghanistan to reach Torkham, Chaman borders from July: Dastgir)


ISLAMABAD: Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that adequate measures have been taken to boost trade with Afghanistan.

In a policy statement in the National Assembly on Tuesday, he said both the countries are moving forward to boost trade and materialize the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of a shared regional prosperity.

He said Pakistan will facilitate Afghanistan with system-based shipments instead of previous manual shipment and the scanning will now be reduced to 20 percent from previous 100 percent.

Moreover, 90 percent Afghan transit trade would be cleared at Karachi within 24 to 48 hours and Pakistan will facilitate Afghan transport to carry goods to Pakistani ports and from there Pakistani goods to Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan Railways has also promised to run goods trains from July with 400 containers reaching Torkham and Chaman border with Afghanistan every week. He said Afghan government will issue multiple visas to Pakistani businessmen and lift ban on transportation of liquefied petroleum gas to Pakistan through Afghanistan.

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