By News Desk
ISLAMABAD: A top government official in Pakistan has rejected demands of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to let India participate in transit trade with Afghanistan via Pakistan.
During a meeting with the UK’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins in Kabul on Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had threatened to impede Pakistan’s trade access to Central Asian States (CAS), if Islamabad did not allow Afghanistan to trade with India via the Wagah border.
In the meantime, Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said: “The bilateral transit trade agreement APTTA does not involve transit to and from India, but Pakistan continues to allow transit of Afghan fruit to India through Wagah as a special gesture.”
Pak-Afghan relations have already been marred by border disputed and cross border terrorism, and such elusive demands by the unity government of Afghanistan will further worsen the bilaterla relations.