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Pakistan government asked to allow import of fruits and vegetables from Afghanistan

Christian Fernsby |
The All Pakistan Agricultural Produce Traders’ Federation has urged the government to allow imports of vegetables and fruits from Afghanistan in order to maintain the prices of different items, particularly onion and tomatoes, in the local market.

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Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Federation president Sohni Malik Mohammad Ali said the government had announced round the clock opening of theTorkham border but the decision was yet to materialise.

He said the border was opened only for twelve hours daily.

In this timespan only 60 vehicles carrying export goods and 200 trucks of Afghan Transit Trade were allowed.

He said if the imports were not allowed immediately then the prices of tomato and onion would rise in the local market.

He said bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan was at the lowest level as maximum of business had been shifted to Iran's borders, adding that the governmen could not be bothered to pay proper heed to improving trade.

Mr Sohni stated that the trucks loaded with perishable items were not allowed to cross into Afghanistan as per the government’s announcement, and every vehicle had to wait for at least four days at the border.

He added that a delegation of the federation would soon hold a meeting with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and other relevant officials to apprise them of its genuine demands.

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