Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA)
|Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA)
|Date of birth
|Background and Names
|History and Biodata
Background and Names:
In Kandahar, many were hopeful that the takeover of the Taleban, a close ally of Pakistan, would herald a new era of genial relations between Kabul and Islamabad and bring unremitting closures at Spin Boldak to an end. Those who had managed to bring in a harvest, despite the fighting and drought, were optimistic that they would be able to get their produce to market in Pakistan and beyond. Their hopes soon faded and optimism gave way to frustration as the gate remained largely closed for several months. When it finally did open on 2 November 2021, it was too late to save most of the harvest. The extended closure also led to clashes, as the thousands of Afghans trapped behind closed gates began to protest, demanding Pakistan and the Taleban re-open the gate.
Pakistan closed the Spin Boldak gate again on 24 February 2022 after clashes erupted between the Pakistani and Taleban forces at the border, following Pakistani attempts to repair a damaged fence along the Durand Line. Both sides blamed each other for starting the clashes that later spread to several nearby villages. Two civilians were killed and 22 wounded on [the] Afghan side, a local Taleban spokesman Mohammad Asif Hakimi said. Five Taleban soldiers were also wounded…. Pakistani officials said several wounded includ[ing] four security officials. According to reports from Kandahar, the crossing was reopened after the Nawruz holiday (21 March 2022) to trade traffic, with the two countries agreeing on temporary licences for lorry drivers to facilitate the transit of goods.