October 22, 2017

Maiden India-Afghan air corridor operational

The first ever air corridor between India and Afghanistan was inaugurated by the Afghan President Mr Ashraf Ghani, taking the bilateral ties between the two countries to a new high. This corridor was necessitated when Pakistan proved to be a stumbling block on trade between Afghanistan and India via the land route, as it now provides both the countries a route to bye-pass Pakistan. While inaugurating the first flight, carrying 60 tonnes of cargo comprising of mainly medicinal pants, at a ceremony at the Kabul international airport and also thanked PM Narendra Modi for it. The decision to establish and air route between the two countries was arrived at during the Heart of Asia Conference at Amritsar, held in December last year, during a meeting between the two leaders. Relations between Kabul and Islamabad have not at all been cordial, over the past few years with Kabul publicly accusing ISI of masterminding the various terror attacks that hit the city. Needless to say that India and Pakistan too are undergoing strained relationship, now, year. Although, Afghanistan, which is dependent on the Pakistani port city of Karachi for its foreign trade is allowed to send a limited amount of goods overland through Pakistan into India, while imports from India are not allowed along that route. The air route will now remove Pakistan from that equation, resulting in a free trade between the two countries.


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