Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said Sunday that Pakistan is preventing Afghan trucks from entering the neighboring country and that more than 300 trucks are stuck at the Torkham bordering crossing.
ACCI officials said Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul has stopped giving transit permits to Afghan trucks and keep coming up with different excuses.
Afghan government officials, meanwhile, warned they would follow a similar response if the trucks are not allowed to enter the country.
“If they do not allow our trucks to enter, we will also do the same thing. We will stop their trucks at the border and we will unload them,” Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mohammadullah Batash said.
However the ACCI officials accused the Afghan government of being silent over the issue and doing nothing in this regard.
“Where is our national sovereignty? Pakistani trucks are entering our country without having [legal] documents while our trucks are not being allowed to go to Pakistan. I don’t know who we must complain to?” ACCI deputy head Khan Jan Alokozai said.
Furthermore, they asked President Ashraf Ghani to review the transit agreement between Kabul and Islamabad. They alleged that Pakistan is not abiding by the agreement.