Traders want free trade activities with Afghanistan


Khyber chamber of commerce and industries president Sayed Jawad Hussain Kazmi and other office bearers on Saturday said that government should bring an easement for traders and transporters to enhance import and export with Afghanistan and central Asian countries.
Sayed Jawad Kazmi flunked by traders and chamber of commerce and industries office bearers, said this while speaking to “meet the press” program held at Landikotal press club.
He said Torkham was not only being used for trade and passengers movement with Afghanistan but Pakistani goods were being transported to Europe and central Asian republics.
He said a forty percent of revenue was generated from trade related taxes at Torkham border He said exporters were facing enormous problems that had decreased export of Pakistani goods via Torkham.
Kazmi said his team was in contact with concern officials to provide facilities to traders and exporters.
He said the government should extend tax exemption upto ten years for tribal people merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He added that free and uninterrupted trade was running between Pakistan and India via different eastern borders but hard and fast conditions had imposed on trade activities taking place between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He said the rights and privileges enjoyed by traders and exporters in rest of Pakistan they also demand the same benefits.
He said the pledges made at the time of Fata merger could not fulfilled so far. He urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to quickly process the documents of trucks stranded for weeks on both side of the border.