Islamabad: According to the Ministry of Commerce secretary, Pakistan and Afghanistan have previously agreed to extend the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) for six months, and 97 percent of the work on the APTTA has been finished.

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Senator Zeeshan Khanzada, who chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, stated on Wednesday that all trade-related concerns with Afghanistan had been resolved.

The secretary referred to his visit to Chaman following the shift in Afghanistan’s political landscape and stated that truck traffic to and from the neighbouring nation was unrestricted. On Tuesday, about 1,047 trucks moved, with 557 of them crossing the Torkham border, he said.

“At the present, the system is operating well, and Pakistan continues to trade with Afghanistan in compliance with international law,” he added.

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The secretary noted that Pakistan and India both export Basmati rice, and that effort was being made to register Pakistani Basmati rice in the European Union in response to a request from local legislators. He stressed that Khewra salt was exclusively manufactured in Pakistan, and that the right to export it was now protected by the Geographical Indication (GI) law.

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