Pakistan and Afghanistan must resolve their issues themselves, particularly commerce points. Worldwide group and regional powers need to maintain the 2 neighboring international locations engaged in minor points whereas the policymakers of the 2 international locations want to sit down collectively and take away the hurdles in the way in which of beneficially mutual commerce.
This was the crux of the seminar on ‘Pak-Afghan Bilateral Commerce Relations’ organized by the Institute of Regional Research on Wednesday.
Afghan Consul Common in Peshawar, Hafiz Mohibullah, was the visitor of honor.
IRA Chairman Dr Mohammad Iqbal Khalil, Director Pak-Afghan Chamber Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, member of the chamber Shahid Hussain and a columnist Alamgir Afridi spoke on the occasion.
The audio system mentioned that sure parts need to create and preserve stress between the 2 international locations.
They mentioned the management of the 2 Muslim international locations ought to work out an answer to the financial challenges confronted by them.
Hafiz Mohibullah mentioned that as a substitute of trying to others, the 2 international locations must resolve their political and financial issues themselves.
He mentioned throughout America’s 20-year occupation of the nation, the US and NATO couldn’t set up a single establishment or hospital in Afghanistan. Additionally, he added, the US and NATO did not take any steps for the financial betterment of Afghanistan.
“All that the US and NATO did in Afghanistan throughout their keep was to unfold destruction. Alternatively the federal government of Islamic Emirate carried out such initiatives throughout its one-year rule within the nation which couldn’t be executed by the occupation forces and their puppet authorities(s) throughout 20 years,” he claimed.
He mentioned the previous president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani had management over simply one-third of the nation, whereas the Islamic Emirate’s management prolonged to each nook and nook of the nation. The diplomat mentioned the world nations haven’t but formally recognised the rule of the Islamic Emirate. However, curiously they have been making varied calls for to the Taliban authorities, he added.
About Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, Hafiz Mohibullah mentioned each the international locations wanted the assistance and assist of one another. The best way the folks of the 2 international locations supported one another up to now, they need to have mutual cooperation for promotion of bilateral commerce.
“In the event that they assist one another to advertise their mutual commerce, they’d not be in want of trying in the direction of others,” he remarked.
He mentioned that the US and NATO needed to create issues, however the management of the 2 international locations wouldn’t enable them to intrude of their affairs. This fashion they’d overcome their financial points, he mentioned.
Dr Iqbal Khalil mentioned the 2 international locations have been related with one another in all of the sectors and their cooperation would end result within the growth of each the international locations. He mentioned that Afghanistan and Pakistan have been confronting commerce and financial challenges which they need to mutually overcome.
The speaker mentioned that regardless of their necessary geo-strategic place, the mutual commerce between the 2 international locations has decreased as a substitute of exhibiting a rise.
He mentioned that Afghanistan was the foremost marketplace for commerce and trade of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Dr Iqbal Khalil expressed his optimism that peace can be restored in Afghanistan and the federal government of Islamic Emirate would give a roadmap for commerce relations with Pakistan.
Ziaul Haq Sarhadi mentioned the commerce quantity between Afghanistan and Pakistan throughout 2022-23 was $968 million, whereas it was $2.5 billion in 2012.
He mentioned the commerce settlement of 1965 between the international locations functioned easily for 45 years. However in 2010 a brand new settlement was signed, which was protested by merchants and chambers of each the international locations. This settlement shouldn’t be helpful and it has develop into just about ineffective, he mentioned. This situation must be resolved, he added.