Despite constant efforts from the Afghan government side, Pakistan repeatedly refuses to step forward for the third APTICA (Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Issue Contract Agreement) meeting.
“Pakistan is not acting in accordance to the memorandum of understanding. We want the third meeting to be held to discuss the persisting transit issues that our traders face. In addition, Pakistan has failed to fulfill its promises made at the previous bilateral meetings,” said Minister Rasool in a meeting with the Upper House.
The two nations signed a memorandum of understanding two years ago with regards to the transit issues.
However, Pakistani officials still trouble Afghan traders by charging them extra fee, giving no plausible pretexts.
Present at the meeting with the Upper House, Tawfiq Dawari, Director of Policy at the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said that Pakistan receives millions of dollars annually by charging Afghan traders with various fines.
“They charge extra fees on Afghan goods at the transit. Currently, 100-120 containers of Afghan goods enter Karachi port daily, of which Pakistani officials deliberately process only 60 containers. The remaining of the containers stays at the port, giving Pak authorities an opportunity to obtain extra fees from Afghan traders.”
Mr. Dawari added that with the establishment of the third session with Pak officials, a series of problems might resolve.
Meanwhile, Afghan Commerce Minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi, believes that the failure of the meeting to take place has political reasons behind it.
Transit issues between the nations have been continuing since the past several years. Pak officials repeatedly fail to fulfill their promises of resolving the issues.