Pakistan to allow food, medicine import to Afghanistan
Pakistan has permitted traders across the border to import food and medicine supplies to Afghanistan, said Mohammad Atif Mashal, an envoy to Afghanistan.
Speaking to Tolo News, Mashal said that the trade is expected to start from next week. “We agreed on a mechanism to allow Afghan traders to import at least two items of food and medicine,” said Mashal.
“Talks are ongoing to open the borders,” said Shamroz Khan Masjidi, spokesman for the Ministry of Finance.
It is pertinent to mention here that over 14,000 containers with transit trade and Pakistani export goods to be sent to Afghanistan are stuck at Chaman and Torkhan border crossings and Karachi port due to the closure of Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
This move is important to be taken as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Meanwhile, the trade attaché at the Consulate-General of Afghanistan also discussed the matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, concerning the containers carrying Afghan transit cargo containing drugs, food and other essential necessities that have been stuck at the borders of Chaman and Torkham and the port of Karachi for the last 30 days.
They have been told to make arrangements on its side of the border to isolate drivers for 14 days before permitting them to return to Pakistan.
Pakistan has shut its borders with Afghanistan and Iran till April 9.