Afghanistan says it no longer relies on Karachi Port after Indian shipment arrives via Chabahar

Published: November 12, 2017
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As the first shipment from India – that of wheat – reached Afghanistan via Iran’s Chabahar Port on Saturday, Afghan officials said their country was no longer dependent on Pakistan’s Karachi port.

The shipment arrived in Nimroz province in Afghanistan’s west, Tolo News reported.

Senior Afghan officials and the Indian ambassador to Kabul, Manpreet Vohra, attended a ceremony to inaugurate the new trade route – which according to them will help Afghanistan overcome its dependence on other trade routes, including Pakistan.

“With the opening of Chabahar Port, Afghanistan will no longer be dependent on Karachi Port,” Nimroz governor Mohammad Samiullah said.

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“This port will create thousands of jobs and bring billions of dollars in revenue to Afghanistan, Iran and India,” he added.

He said the residents of Nimroz were determined to ensure the Nimroz-Delaram roads was secure. This route leads directly to Chabahar Port in Iran.

At the same event, Nasir Ahmad Durani, the acting minister of agriculture, said the cooperation between Afghanistan, India and Iran in the Chabahar region was a great opportunity to boost trade ties between the three countries.

Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra said Chabahar Port provided easy and short connectivity between countries in the region.

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He added the shipment was part of the 1.1 million wheat pledged by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Afghanistan during his visit to Kabul.

He further said 700,000 tonnes of wheat had arrived in Afghanistan so far.

The Indian envoy said the reason for cooperation between India and Iran to help Afghanistan was to find an alternate route for trade between the three countries.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 12, 2017 - 7:51PM

    Good for Afghanistan! Pakistan had all the time to allow Afghanistan the access along the durand line for warm waters. . Pakistan instead gave access to the chinese instead. India has proven their friendship through this deed.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 12, 2017 - 8:25PM

    That is one advantage Pakistan has over Afghanistan, but it seems to be fading away.Recommend

  • Sami Baloch
    Nov 13, 2017 - 2:47PM

    Alright ! So when is Afghanistan going to take back its refugees ? Deport them ! Immediately !Recommend

  • Sameer
    Nov 13, 2017 - 3:08PM

    How long with India keep up with this huge expenditure in logistics. Make peace; future is cpec.Recommend

  • anwar basit
    Nov 13, 2017 - 4:05PM

    Jolly good ! Also now Afghanistan does not have to rely on Pakistan for keeping their refugees in our country. In fact we can send them over the Wagah border into the welcoming embrace of India. Howzat ?Recommend

  • Muhammad Akram
    Nov 13, 2017 - 4:47PM

    Afghanistan and India can never by friends. They were never on friendly terms. there are more pushtoons in Pakistan than in Afghanistan. When Russia invaded Afghanistan, India did not do even lip service to Afghans. Karachi has the largest number of Pushtoons including those uprooted from Afghanistan when Russia, the evergreen friend of India invaded and destroyed all its infra structure. If India wants to become a really world power, it should stand on its own and not because of American-Chinese rivalry. Afghanistan gets far more from Pakistan than anyone else in the world. Its citizens come and go back to Afghanistan often without any documents. Let Afghanistan settle their internal issues themselves. Whatever help or understanding it needs for restoring peace for their long suffering people, should be provided by its neighbours, Pakistan, Iran and China. India is not its neighbour nor is USA.!Recommend

  • Spectator
    Nov 13, 2017 - 5:09PM

    Well who needs friends like Afghanistan? One day they’re with you, the other day they’re against you. And finally your last day there’s a dagger in your back. Recommend

  • Billi
    Nov 13, 2017 - 10:09PM

    Yeah! Good riddance.Recommend

  • k
    Nov 14, 2017 - 12:43PM

    Please take note, This wheat is as an Aid not in form of business. so indians should not be too happyRecommend

  • k
    Nov 14, 2017 - 12:49PM

    @Muhammad Akram:
    When you guys will read some history & facts? Afghanistan was in civil war & there were mainly two parties Taliban & Northern Alliance. You & USA sided with Taliban while India & USSR sided with Northern alliance. so why lip service? we were clearly against each other. I hate false narratives, wrong & distorted history & it doesnt matter whether its Bharatiyas or PakistanisRecommend

  • Al Athar
    Nov 14, 2017 - 2:42PM

    Good riddance. Now India should also take the Afghani people who have polluted Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khan De Bannu
    Nov 14, 2017 - 4:11PM

    Thanks Afghanistan for speaking the language RSS.
    I’m sure, the Afghan’s honorable minister who’s yelling this rhetoric must have lived atleast 10 years in Peshawar or Karachi.

    Soon the American people will force the government to stop wasting the taxpayers money on this lost war and ultimately then India will lose you too!

    Never mind….
    Fingers crossed!Recommend

  • kilo
    Nov 14, 2017 - 4:29PM

    I am happy for Afghanistan and hope now they will leave Pakistan alone for a while. The Afghan drug lords should also explore the possibility of using this alternate and very promising new routeRecommend

  • reality
    Nov 15, 2017 - 6:29PM

    The more choices the better, not only in politics but in every walk of life. Life does begin or end with someone making your decisions, it is what decisions you take and your ability to act upon them that counts more than, what others may think or not think. There will always choices in life, it is for individuals and nations to find this out for themselves. This is good for Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, because they will learn what is good and what is not so good, life goes on. Recommend

  • Saeed
    Dec 11, 2017 - 11:32AM

    Afghanistan being independant country should consider it as an new alternative route and not the only route.
    Currently, the dry port route between Afghanistan and Pakistan is actively not used due to terrorism threats on both sides but still a prefferable option if security is improved on both sides.
    Iran being a strong Nation has taken a neutral stance which would help it develop good relations with countries in this region and open for all trade options.
    Chahabar and Gawadar being very close, can bring more inter country trade for both countries.Recommend

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