Kabul to complain to UN over Islamabad’s hindering of Afghan goods at Karachi Port
Deputy chief of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Khan Jan Alokozay said the issue has been discussed in a meeting with officials of finance, economy and foreign ministries, who warned of harsh retaliation from the Afghan government side, if Pakistan fails to resolve the problem in the next two days.
In case there is no resolution to the problem within the deadline, the Afghan government would lodge written complaints with the UN and the US.
According to Mr. Alokozay, about 4,000 containers belonging to Afghan traders have been stopped at the Karachi Port for 85 days, in order to force them into buying Pakistani products.
Pakistan has proceeded to demand daily fines for the containers using the port space.
ACCI deputy director Khan Jan Alokozai said Pakistan has repeatedly ignored the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Agreement (APTA) and is benefiting from the fines.
“We pay almost $1 million a day [in fines] and so far we have paid $50 million. So Pakistan is ignoring APTA, which anticipated such transit problems between the two neighboring countries and suggested some strategies to solve the likely problems,” he said.
Pakistan has repeatedly failed to abide by the memorandum of understanding signed between the two nations over transit issues.
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