Taliban Asks Pakistan To Remove Afghan Goods From “Sensitive List”

Thursday, 09/07/2023

Nooruddin Azizi, Taliban’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, said that the goods of Afghan businessmen in transit to Pakistan are on the "sensitive list".

During a meeting with Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani, Charge d'Affaires of the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, Azizi stressed that Afghan businessmen's goods at the Karachi port has also been processed with delay.

Taliban’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a statement added that Azizi asked the Pakistani authorities to cooperate with them to resolve these transit issues.

The Taliban ministry did not provide details about the goods which were included in Pakistan's sensitive list.

In the statement, it has stated that Nizamani stressed on developing trade relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan and assured that he would discuss with the Pakistani authorities on how to address the Taliban’s concerns.

In July, the State Bank of Pakistan had reported that Pakistan's exports to Afghanistan had increased by 32% this year, but imports from Afghanistan to Pakistan decreased by 76%.

Taliban officials in the Ministry of Commerce also said that exports to Pakistan have decreased by $66 million compared to last year.

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