Chabahar Port operation will not effect Afghanistan transit trade through Karachi: Afghan envoy
PESHAWAR: Afghan Consul General in Peshawar Professor Muhammad Moen Marastial on Wednesday dispelled the apprehensions about Chabahar port agreement between Afghanistan, Iran and India, saying that the trilateral deal will not affect transit trade relations with Pakistan.
“Significance of the transit route via Karachi to Afghanistan will not be reduced by the use of Iran’s Chabahar port. The Karachi port is still beneficial for Afghanistan, which would have a huge impact on bolstering transit trade relations between the two neighbouring countries,” the diplomat said while talking to media at the press club here.
The Afghan diplomat said that his country would not allow its soil to be used against any country. He emphasised that the establishment of sustainable peace would be essential for the enhancement of bilateral trade and economic relations between the Pakistan and Afghanistan. “It is a need of the hour to ensure peace and security in the whole region,” he added.
Marastial said that the stability of Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan. “People from both sides should support the governments to bring stability and maintain peace in the region,” he added.
The Afghan consul general said, “Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have rendered sacrifices for the elimination of terrorism, and despite having the same culture and religion, people from both the countries lack trust in each other.”
He underscored that both the governments should take positive steps to restore the trust of the people.