Ghulam Khan terminal opens today for trade with Afghanistan: FO
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will open its border terminal at Ghulam Khan for bilateral trade with Afghanistan from today.
According to a press release issued by Foreign Office, the decision has been taken in view of strong bilateral ties and renewed request from the Afghan government.
Pakistan has already opened its two border terminals at Torkham and Chaman for transit trade and exports to Afghanistan. The statement said the terminal will remain open six days a week and Saturday is reserved for pedestrian movement. It said that standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be in place to check COVID-19 spread on the terminal.
The statement said that keeping in view both countries’ desire to further increase mutual trade, it has been decided that with effect from 22 June 2020, the third border terminal at Ghulam Khan will be opened for bilateral trade and to allow transit trade and import from Afghanistan through Torkham and Chaman border terminals as well.
“The opening of Ghulam Khan border crossing terminal and allowing imports from Afghanistan reflects Pakistan’s resolve to help Afghanistan and facilitate its trade,” said the statement.
Pakistan is a major trading partner of Afghanistan and largest market for Afghan exports. The opening of Gwadar Port for Afghanistan’s export and import has further strengthened trade linkages between the two countries. Pakistan will continue to support a peaceful and economically stable Afghanistan, concluded the statement. - TLTP