Open Wagah for trade with India or lose transit route, Ghani tells Pakistan

(From The Express Tribune)

Kabul has threatened to shut the Afghan transit route for Pakistani exports to Central Asia if Islamabad does not allow Afghan traders to use Lahore’s Wagah border for trade with India.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attends Afghan Independence Day celebrations in Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) attends Afghan Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

“If Pakistan does not allow Afghan traders to use the Wagah border for imports and exports of their goods, Afghanistan will also not allow Pakistan to use Afghan transit routes to reach Central Asia and other countries for exports,” President Ashraf Ghani said in a meeting with UK’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins in Kabul.

“Afghanistan is no more a landlocked country as it has many transit routes for the import and export of goods,” Ghani added, according to a Pashto-language statement posted on Friday by the president’s website. Read More



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