Pajhwok Afghan News

4th Made in Pakistan exhibition kicks off in Kabul

KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid criticism by a number of residents, the fourth ‘Made in Pakistan’ exhibition was launched in capital Kabul on Thursday.

The three-day show was launched in the presence of deputy Afghan minister of commerce and industry, the Pakistan ambassador and a number of traders at the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel.

Forty Pakistani companies are participating in the exhibition showcasing food items, construction materials, electronics goods, cosmetics, dairy products, cement, metallic equipment, home equipment, clothes and others.

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) deputy head Khan Jan Alokozay said the exhibition was launched by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the ACCI.

Some Afghanistan-made products such as handicrafts and decoration products  have also been put on the display at the show, he said, adding that Afghanistan hosted the previous three Made in Pakistan exhibitions in 2012 and 2014 in Kabul and in 2015 in Mazar-I-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.

Alokozay welcomed the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry for its efforts at improving trade relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan by launching the exhibition and said the move could also remove problems regarding trade affairs.

Mia Homayon Parwiz, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry head, also said showcasing Afghanistan and Pakistan products in each others’ cities could promote business and economic relations and encourage the governments to improve their political relations as well.

“Business improves economy and livelihood, it paves the ground for economic opportunities and promotes people’s economy and improve their living style,” he said.

However, some Kabul residents protested against the launch of the exhibition in front of the Intercontinental Hotel.

Abdul Basir Reshtia, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Pakistan imports our products but sends bombs and suicide attackers and kill our people, therefore we want to prevent the exhibition.”

He said police prevented them from protesting and tore apart their placards inscribed with slogans. The police refused to comment on their action.

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