PESHAWAR, 24 November: Pakistan has refused to give access to Afghanistan to Inida for trade through Wagah border in Lahore. After Pakistan’s refusal, Afghanistan has also refused to give land access to Pakistan to import electricity from Tajikistan via Afghanistan.

Addressing a joint press conference in Islamabad after the meeting of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Economic Commission on Monday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and his Afghan counterpart Eklil Ahmad Hakimi said Pakistan seeks access to Central Asia while Afghanistan seeks access to South Asia. However, they said due to some unfortunate reasons both the governments could not agree to give land access to each other for this purpose.

They said despite differences between both sides, the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Economic Commission took some important decisions to promote mutual trade. Ishaq Dar said security issue will remain top priority of Pakistan government’s agenda. He said both sides had agreed to form joint working groups on energy, trade, commerce, railway and road projects.

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