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Trade ties with Kabul, New Delhi

Trade ties with Kabul, New Delhi

On its western side, Pakistan has closed its border with Afghanistan after a string of deadly suicide bombings hit the country last month and failure of the Kabul government to rein in terrorists. On the eastern side, India has suspended the cross-border trade with Pakistan along the Line of Control on the excuse of cross border firing in which the Trade Facilitation Centre on the Indian side was damaged. The trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan was suspended as terrorists were freely coming to Pakistan without any hurdle and shacked the country from Karachi to Peshawar and from Quetta to Lahore. The puppet Kabul government is not tired of blaming Pakistan for Taliban insurgency in their country, but is itself helpless to act against terrorists on its side of the border. Thousands of trucks and trailers have been stranded on both sides of border at Torkham and Chaman and trade between the two countries have come to a grinding halt. The traders of Pakistan and Afghanistan are bearing millions of rupees daily losses and many perishable commodities have lost their worth in the border mess.

It is clear that anti-state militants on the Afghan soil had orchestrated the violence from their hideouts but the Kabul government is either unable to act against them or has thousands reasons to avoid confrontation with them. As a landlocked country, Afghanistan heavily depends on Pakistan for trade, which is considered economic lifeline of the war-torn country. Thousands of containers have stranded on the two sides of the borders, but the Afghan government is not ready to shake hand with Pakistan. It is fully following the policies of New Delhi and has maintained hostile posture against Pakistan without taking into accounts its consequences. Trade is the best diplomacy and Kabul should avoid taking hostile posture against Pakistan on behest of India. The Kabul government has so far failed to boost security on the 2,600 kilometer long border and has failed to nab 76 fugitive militants who are sheltering in Afghanistan. The economy has acquired a central stage in every country of the world, but the two hostile neighbour of Pakistan have failed to lend ears to the clarion call of the time. The era of wars is over and countries are struggling to make progress in the fields of business, trade and investment.

God knows the best from where the two countries have learnt to achieve diplomatic failures when all the countries are making peace. India has already bulldozed Pakistani efforts to sit on the negotiating table and resolve all the outstanding issues. The only option left for Pakistan is to let the two side suffer for their own wrongdoings.