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Pakistan ‘disappointed’ over President Ghani’s remarks : Zakaria

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(Last Updated On: September 17, 2016)

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Officials in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan said we are disappointed with the recent remarks of the Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on closing the transit route to Central Asia if Islamabad continues to annoy the Afghan traders by closing the Wagah port to Afghanistan for the transit of goods to India.

Meanwhile officials in Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it’s better that Pakistan to focus on its commitments which are fighting terrorism and declare itself as honest to the world.

Tensions rose between the two countries when Pakistan closed Wagah port to Afghan businessmen and in reverse President Ashraf Ghani has warned Pakistan for closing the transit route to Central Asia.

Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said,” “Our efforts for peace, stability and economic progress of Afghanistan are a matter of our commitment to the brotherly people of Afghanistan, millions of that have been hosted in Pakistan for past 37 years. Under a transit trade agreement between the two countries, Pakistan has been extending all facilities for transit of Afghan exports and imports through Pakistan’s ports. We have also been facilitating the transit of Afghan fruits to India through Wagah.”

It seems that Afghan President decision doesn’t get changed against Pakistan simply.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said,” The 3rd party policy doesn’t have to avoid Afghanistan- India to increase their business deals, we change the ground route into the air, certain air companies will increase the mutual trades of Afghanistan- India by transferring goods.”

Officials in Ministry of Foreign Affairs still accused Pakistan for not being honest about peace and stability of Afghanistan.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesman Khairullah Azad said,” Afghanistan’s policy is clear towards any countries, what important is that Pakistan should be honest, and declare itself as honest country to the world.”

However Political expert Ahmad Saiedi said,” Pakistan doesn’t any documents indicating that the following country is trying to stabilize and help peace to be ensured in Afghanistan, their recent remarks is a truly false.”

Meanwhile political parties have declared the recent policy of the Afghan Government against Pakistan is admirable, saying Pakistan is being directed into the isolation, and Afghan Government doesn’t have to change its policy towards Pakistan.

Reported by Ali Asghari

 

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Unprecedented growth in watermelon harvest – Farah

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

This year, more than 789,000 tons of watermelon will be harvested in Farah province.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said that the figure is up 6 percent compared to that of last year.

Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock say that this year’s watermelon harvest in Farah province will be 789,400 metric tons. According to the officials, about 19,000 hectares of land have been cultivated  for watermelon in Farah province this year.

Meanwhile, a number of farmers in Farah province are worried about the lack of markets for the watermelon products.

They say that if there is no market, their products will be wasted.

This comes as a number of farmers in the province say that if the government doesn’t support the marketing of watermelon products in this province, their products will be destroyed this year.

Officials in the Chamber of Commerce and Investment have criticized the government, saying that the Ministry of Commerce should have previously marketed domestic products.

According to them, the government’s negligence will discourage farmers from producing crops.

They say South Asian countries are the best market for watermelon, but claim that Pakistan has blocked the export of the product to a number of countries.

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Da Afghanistan Bank sees increase in gross reserves

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

The gross domestic product (GDP) of the central bank of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank, has reached more than $9 billion for the first time.

Officials at the bank said that although the global aid to Afghanistan has declined, they have succeeded to increase the bank’s reserves.

Economists also underline that the central bank’s efforts will lure global funds.

The bank’s authority has stated that they have, for the first time, been able to increase the GDP to over $9 billion.

According to them, last year about AFN22 billion was deposited in the government reserves through investments in foreign financial institutions.

Although the Coronavirus pandemic has devalued Afghan currency against the dollar, the authority is pushing for effective programs to keep the value of the currency afloat, they said.

Welcoming the strengthening of the gross reserves of DAB, experts say that the central bank’s efforts would attract global funds for good.

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Afghanistan to transit trade via Pakistan’s Gwadar port

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(Last Updated On: May 30, 2020)

The Afghanistan–Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) enables Afghanistan to transit trade through Pakistan’s Gwadar port under the OPTA agreement.

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce says that Afghanistan is trying to improve its economic relations with all neighboring countries and the region, pointing at the Pakistani port of Gwadar as the closest and cheapest transit route for Afghanistan’s trade.

In the meantime, the Pakistani Prime Minister’s senior advisor of economy, Abdul Razzaq Daud, has said that trade with Afghanistan is set to begin through the Gwadar port, starting with 16,000 tons of fertilizer to be shipped to Afghanistan.

In addition, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment considers the Gwadar port as less expensive than any others; however, it criticizes that the neighboring countries are not honest enough in their economic relations with Afghanistan.

On the other hand, experts point out that if Pakistan complies with international economic and transit laws, Afghan traders will be able to import and export goods via Gwadar port at lower costs.

This comes as economic relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been often strained due to political tensions, and the country has severally closed its ports to Afghan traders.

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