Transportation restrictions uplifted, new deadline has been issued to Afghan Transporters

Deadline to Afghan transporters has been extended by Border Security at Torkham

KHYBER AGENCY: Following a successful dialogue, the forces extended the deadline to transporters to September 30 for acquiring legal documents before entering Pakistan, an official said on Friday.

Previously, the Pakistani border security officials had barred the Afghan truckers from entering Pakistan without legal documents.

As part of the National Action Plan (NAP), the Pak officials had implemented a restrictive mechanism system at Torkham border to avoid illegal entry on the border by setting a month’s deadline for the Afghan transporters to legalise their entry which now has been extended.

As the deadline came to an end, the border security restricted the entrance to Pakistan without proper documentations which caused trouble for both traders and transporters. Later on, successful dialogues of Pak and Afghan transporters with security officials results in extension of deadline.

Transporters representatives, Haji Azeemullah from Pakistan side while Haji Qasim from Afghan side held a meeting with the Pak border security officials in Torkham. The transporters’ representatives were on opinion that the confining policy would badly affect the bilateral trade between the countries.

It is pertinent to mention here that more than 80 percent Afghan truckers are involved in transport between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Source: Online

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