Afghan exports to India through Wagah border

Pakistan will allow Afghanistan to send goods to India using the Wagah border from July 15. The decision is part of Islamabad’s commitment under Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement.

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  1. However, Islamabad is silent about allowing the same facility to India for exports to Afghanistan.

About APTTA:

Afghanistan–Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (also known as APTTA) is a bilateral trade agreement signed in 2010 by Pakistan and Afghanistan that calls for greater facilitation in the movement of goods amongst the two countries.

What are the problems with APTTA?

  1. Pakistan has lately closed its borders with Afghanistan multiple times, where it has used blockades for arm-twisting political circles in Afghanistan.
  2. This usually causes priced to spiral in Afghan markets as costlier or smuggled imports are what satiates demand. 

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