QUETTA: In a meeting with senior representatives of the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Abdul Hannan Hamat, the Council General of Afghanistan said that the Taliban government has a keen interest in fostering robust mutual trade with Pakistan.
He expressed these views during a meeting with senior vice president of the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry Haji Agha Gul Khilji, Syed Abdul Had Agha, and others.
Prior to that, the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Quetta, greeted Dr. Abdul Hannan Hammat and his vice for coming to the office of the chamber and said that the people related to trade in Balochistan want to have exemplary relations with Afghanistan because both brotherly Islamic countries are facing economic challenges and the only way to sort out this problem is to promote border trade from both sides.
The representatives of the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed their concerns over the imposition of taxes on coal and other trade goods from the Taliban government and added that the trade between both countries will be promoted when the people related to this business get trade facilities.
They demanded measures to open the Badaini border immediately so that the flow of trade could continue.
Dr Abdul Hannan Hamat said the Taliban government is not against Pakistan. They want to strengthen trade relations with Pakistan and the purpose of coming to the office of the chamber is to have suggestions from the ministry on how to boost trade and investment.
He said after coming to power the Taliban government has tried to make trade and other relations with both Islamic and other countries and hoped that with the passage of time, the relationship with other countries will improve.
He said he will try to take measures to sort out the trade-related issues that the people of Balochistan are facing
He said the tax on coal has been reduced whereas the cabinet has given its decision about the functionality of the Badaini border.
He said that doors are always open for business-related people.
He concluded that whatever problem people may face regarding trade and business with Afghanistan can reach out through the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry.