Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has asked the federal government to take measures to mobilise bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“The issue of tariff, existence of illegal trade gateways and ban of access to duty-free markets are a few obstacles impeding the smooth flow of trade between the two countries,” said Sherpao during separate corner meetings in Charsadda on Sunday. He demanded both governments bolster trade via the transport corridor.
“Businesses in both the countries are facing problems due to these impediments at registration points,” he told his audience at the meetings.
“Security check posts have also popped up at places where they are not needed.” Sherpao added Afghanistan and Pakistan should improve trade relations to the benefit of both countries as both economies suffered due to persistent waves of terrorism since 1980s.
Talking about the importance of local government elections, he said the polls play a vital role in strengthening democracy in the country. He urged people to use their votes for the right person in the elections that are to be held on May 30.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2015.
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