The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
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Crossing points closure not in interest of any side

Both Afghan and Pakistani traders say that closure of the key crossing point has
not only inflicted losses on traders from both countries but has also resulted in an
increase in market prices as most of the cargo consisting of food items are stranded
on both sides.

The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly cleared that closing crossing points of any neighboring countries and Afghanistan is not in the interest of any side. This comes as the closing of Torkham crossing point has entered eight straight days. The Torkham crossing point was closed to trade vehicles last Friday night, which has left over 3,000 trucks stranded on both sides of the key port. The closure of key crossing points has further depreciated trade between the two countries. It is said that the closure of the key crossing point has caused a loss of millions of dollars over the past one week. Pakistan shut the Torkham crossing point, one of the two main crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan, last Friday night for Afghan truckers entering the country. Crossings between the two countries have been temporarily shut down in recent months after Islamabad last year launched a massive operation against Afghan refugees living in the neighboring country and tightened document requirements for Afghan nationals entering the country. Currently, thousands of trucks are stranded on both sides of the key crossing point. Both Afghan and Pakistani traders say that closure of the key crossing point has not only inflicted losses on traders from both countries but has also resulted in an increase in market prices as most of the cargo consisting of food items are stranded on both sides. The dispute centered on demands for drivers from either side to have visas and passports, a document many Afghan truckers do not have. A long line of trucks has piled high with goods stood stranded down the road from Torkham for the past one week. Talks are underway between Islamabad and Kabul to resolve the issue. Pakistan side has always implemented something new without considering the traders’ and people’s conditions. Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing points, the busiest of which are the Torkham and Chaman, which connect Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province with Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. Thousands of people, mainly Afghans, use the two crossings daily to seek medical treatment. It is time that both countries should go for meaningful talks to resolve issues challenging trade between the two countries. The Islamic Emirate has always said it wants good economic and political relations with its neighbors. Currently, Afghanistan has good trade relations with all neighbors, but it is only Pakistan, which has always created problems for Afghan traders by shutting the main crossing points. Hope the current issues at the key crossing point are resolved between the two countries as soon as possible so that trade between the two countries starts and continues smoothly. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.