Ghulam Khan Transit Trade Route has been made operational by the Government of Pakistan. It will connect the traders of North Waziristan and Afghanistan.
It is an initiative to improve trade ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan. For several years, the volume of trade has decreased between the two neighbouring countries due to inefficient policies from both sides.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Frontier Customs Agents Association (FCAA) President Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi praised the government’s move to open the Ghulam Khan border for the Afghan transit trade, saying that it will give a forward push to bilateral trade.
“Over the last couple of years, trade volume has fallen from less than $2.5 billion to less than $1 billion,” Sarhadi added.
He further said that the distance through the third most important border crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan, from Karachi and Gwadar to Kabul, will be reduced by about 400km, which would significantly reduce transportation costs.
It will also reduce the transportation cost, and more than 20,000 locals from North Waziristan will get employment opportunities.