Trade, travelling concessions for Afghanistan hailed

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Lahore

SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hailed the bold decisions of Pakistan for announcing special trade and travelling concessions for Afghanistan, besides committing Rs5 billion in humanitarian aid to help bail the neighbouring country out of the prevailing crisis.

It was stated by President SAARC Chamber Iftikhar Ali Malik while talking to a women delegation of importers and exporters led by Hafiza Mahrukh Nasir, according to a statement.

He said it is a good omen that now Afghan businessmen would get five-year multiple visas from the Pakistan embassy in Kabul besides abolishment of processing fee for visas.

He said the requirements of gate pass and covid-19 PCR tests for traveling to Pakistan via land border has also been done away with to facilitate them.

He said the timely wise decision of allowing round-the-clock cargo movement through the border crossings is poised to boost bilateral trade between the two countries while Afghan trucks would now carry goods up to Karachi port whereas Pakistan trucks would move to Afghanistan with their cargoes.— TLTP

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