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A senior Pakistani authority has recently expressed concern over what she said “political situation coupled with the threats from terrorism” which have posed challenges to economic and trade relation with the central Asian nations.
The Pakistan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar has said in her remarks at a one-day international conference on Pakistan’s Strategic Frontiers via a video link, organized by the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI), said: “Political situation coupled with the threat of terrorism poses a challenge” to economic and trade relations of Pakistan with Central Asian nations.
“Afghanistan offers immense opportunities in terms of realization of Pakistan’s vision to becoming a trade and energy connectivity hub and integration of South, Central, and Western Asia regions. However, the current political situation coupled with the threat of terrorism poses a challenge for the countries around the same region,” she added.
On the other hand, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) say that Afghanistan has an important role in terms connecting Central and South Asia.
“After the takeover of the country by the Islamic Emirate, the economic policy was to connect Central Asia with South Asia. The first gates are Pakistan and Afghanistan and then Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. There have also been contracts on this,” according to a senior member of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).
Economic and trade relations between the two key neighboring countries has long been coupled with challenges. Pakistani border officials often close borders to hundreds of Afghan export trucks, especially, during fresh fruits and vegetable exports that results in the spoiling of the fruits, while sometimes they impose heavy and intolerable tariffs on the Afghan importers.
In term of terrorist activities, the Islamic Emirate has time and again assured that the militants including Daesh or any other anti-security elements have not been strong enough to pose threat to security of the country, foreign missions or to endanger economic and trade relations between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries.
Instead of blocking the borders and creating challenges before the Afghan commodities, the Pakistani side should seek helpful options for developing trade relations between the two sides.
In the event of any security threats, Afghanistan can take serious action against all kinds of militancy, as it proved in the past, but there is a need for Pakistan’s honest cooperation with the IEA to uproot the anti-security elements and open the way for an improved economic and trade relations between Pakistan and the Afghan neighboring central Asian countries.
In order to restore trust and confidence between the two neighbors, both countries should join hands to control their borders, suppress all kinds of militancy and crackdown on vicious groups who are working for the interest of aliens and attempting to deteriorate relations the two nations.

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