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Published On: Wed, Oct 11th, 2017

Afghanistan has suspended the transit trade meeting with Pakistan

nsnbc : Afghanistan has suspended the transit trade meeting with Pakistan, aimed at dealing with problems hindering the smooth implementation of a revised transit treaty. The suspension of the meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA), a high-level forum set up to deal with the trade issues is likely to translate into a decline in trade between the two countries.

Pakistan_Afghanistan_Border_NEOThe Afghan Commerce Ministry had conveyed to Islamabad its decision to postpone the meeting through the Pakistan High Commission in Kabul. Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan dropped by a significant 27 per cent over the past one year, owing to several factors.

The relations between the two countries have become even more sore after United States President Donald Trump rolled out the new South Asia and Afghanistan strategy, saying that Islamabad was providing “safe havens” for terrorists.

Last month, in a veiled attack at Pakistan, Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Adbullah, during his visit to India, said that Afghanistan has never differentiated between good and bad terrorists and that his country is facing tremendous challenges, including terrorism, but “those who are supporting terrorism should not take pride in that.”

“Some countries think Daesh or the ISIS is the main threat and terrorism is terrorism but as far as Afghanistan is concerned we have not made differences between terrorist groups and termed them as good and bad,for us terror is terror ,” Dr. Abdullah said, referring indirectly to Pakistan, referring to the fact that Pakistan – like almost every other country – uses social constructs when it is differentiating between good and bad Taliban.

CH/L – nsnbc 11.10.1017

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