Afghanistan’s trade value with Pakistan has been declined up to 60 percent since last year, as part of Kabul’s strategic efforts to reduce its reliance on Islamabad, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.
Trade volume between the two neighboring countries has fallen drastically in the past two years due to frequent border closures, and a prevailing political rift amid allegations of cross-border terrorism.
Khalid Painda, the Deputy Minister of Finance said that Afghanistan wants to have good trade relation with Pakistan, but stressed that Islamabad is not ready for cooperation with Kabul.
“The National Unity Government strategy is to get out of monopoly and have good [trade] relations with different countries,” he said.
A day earlier, President Ashraf Ghani met with Indian top government officials including Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, where he discussed on range of issues including air trade corridor between Kabul and New Delhi and efforts for early operationalization of the Chahbahar Port.
In the meeting Indian side reiterated the readiness of its Integrated Check Post at Attari for receiving Afghan trucks carrying goods to and from India, following the reported move taken by President Ghani to ban Pakistani trucks from entering Afghanistan.