Afghanistan no longer depends on Pakistan for transit trade: Abdullah Abdullah

Published: November 16, 2017
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Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah . PHOTO:AFP

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah . PHOTO:AFP

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive said that his country no longer depends on Pakistan for transit trade.

In response to a question at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an American think-tank, Abdullah Abdullah said Afghanistan used to rely on only one transit road, which was through  Karachi, however the situation has changed and that is not the case anymore, as Afghanistan can now also use Iran’s Chabahar Port.

There has been no response from Pakistan yet, but the founder of Pakistan-Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce, Zubair Motiwala told Voice of America that Pakistan still remains the best option for Afghan traders.

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

“There’s a world of difference between transit trading from Chabahar Port and the Pakistani ports. Firstly, the route and the terrain is a big factor. When the route is longer, your expenses increase automatically. Therefore, the shortest and most economical route for the Afghan traders is Karachi and Bin Qasim Port.

“And when Gwadar is fully developed and functional it would prove to be the best and most logical option for Afganistan’s trade and transit. And that’s not even up for debate,” Motiwala said

India is also contributed greatly to the development of Iran’s Chabahar Port as well as investing heavily in the newly developed port. The reason-in-chief being; India intends to bypass Pakistan and increase its trade relations with Afghanistan.

Chabahar Port not an alliance against Pakistan: FO

Just a week ago, the first shipment of wheat from India reached Afghanistan via Chabahar. India wasn’t given permission to use Pakistan’s land route, hence the alternate route.

Pakistan is allowing Afghanistan to use its ports, but has not authorised them to use its land routes while trading with India due to security concerns.

Afghanistan has also said, that if Pakistan does not allow its trucks to use its land routes, then Afghanistan shall respond by not allowing Pakistani trucks to travel to Central Asian countries, via its land routes.

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  • Muhammad Imran
    Nov 16, 2017 - 3:10PM

    This is how Pakistan keeping deprive the Khyber Pukhtonkhwa. The Kabul need to revive the trade policy for KP rather for Pakistan. I know, my friends will curse on me for my above two sentences. But I curse them all for the Bad Afghan policy for so many decades.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 16, 2017 - 3:14PM

    Good for you sir. Afghanistan can now mport darjeeling tea direct from India and not through paki traders. But you stil need Pakistan transit route for export of opium to the free world instead of risking its confiscation by the Iranians guards.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Akif
    Nov 16, 2017 - 5:09PM

    Thank God these Afghans are gone, they can now pay twice for ever grain they import. Already poor now die hungry.Recommend

  • Gul Khan
    Nov 16, 2017 - 5:37PM

    One of the major achievement of Ghani-Abdullah Unity Govt is that Afghanistan is becoming bridge of Eurasia, yesterday 5 countries(Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan Georgia & Turkey) signed a transit trade & transport(80% rail) agreement which is the quickest/shortest way to Europe. Together with Chabahar Indian access it is bigger trade corridor than OBOR (NOBOR). Recommend

  • Sami Baloch
    Nov 16, 2017 - 6:03PM

    Hahaha I hope Afghan refugees are not dependent on Pakistan. We must deport them because they Afghanistan doesn’t deserve respect. Recommend

  • Shakil
    Nov 16, 2017 - 7:57PM

    Sure, if it works for Aghans, good to have multiple transit routes. Will NATO be using Iranian port for their import and exports? thats a big question mark!

    Gawadar will be best and shortest route for Afghanistan. Pakistan remains the shortest route for Afghanistan for Indian trade route like it or not.
    Only peace in Pakistan can ensure such trade routes open for all. There is only one way for Afghanistan to join much bigger route CPEC, thats Pakistan too!

    Indians should stop creating havoc in Pakistan, we will build and operate CPEC no matter what! so live in peace and let live in peace. Its gain for all including India.Recommend

  • Zen
    Nov 17, 2017 - 12:29AM

    @Sami Baloch:
    What is stopping you from deporting them?Recommend

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