Pakistan’s PM Kakar urges enhanced tracking of Afghan transit trade

Pakistan’s Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Monday directed the enhancement and foolproof tracking of the Afghan Transit Trade system.

He called for the immediate development of an integrated transit trade management system during a review meeting on Afghan Transit Trade and anti-smuggling measures, Pakistani media reported.

The meeting was attended by senior Pakistani officials, including Caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akthar and Caretaker Minister for Trade Ejaz Gohar. The focus was on the economic impact of smuggling and the movement of illegal goods, as reported by Pakistani media.

Kakar stressed the need for strict anti-smuggling measures and enhanced intelligence clearance for officers before their deployment in sensitive customs positions. He also called for strengthened checks at the Chaman, Torkham, and Ghulam Khan checkpoints, and in border areas of Balochistan.

The prime minister was briefed on a progress report by an inquiry committee on Afghan Transit Trade. Kakar appreciated the committee’s work and urged it to swiftly compile its recommendations.

The meeting participants were informed that government measures had significantly reduced the smuggling of petroleum products from Iran. Additionally, a cargo tracking system from Taftan to Quetta has begun functioning.