Trade Snag: Traders and private transporters blocked KKH, Trafic remain suspended for many hours at Sost
Sost Gojal, October 31 (Sost Today): A large number Protesters comprising trader of Gilgit Baltistan, Transporters and baggage carriers blocked the Karakorum Highway at border town Sost Gojal Hunza in Gilgit Baltistan on Friday.
President Chamber of Commerce and Industries GB Javaid Hussaina, president Importers and Exporters Association Akber and president Baggage Carrier Union were leading the demonstration. They burnt tyres on KKH in front of custom house and immigration check post and traffic remain suspended for many hours.
They were protesting against the ban imposed by the Chinese immigration on Baggage carriers and private transports to convey goods via public transports. The Chinese immigration last week deported many public vehicles from China blamed for violating the regulations of Chinese immigration.
The protesters said the Chinese should lift this ban, because the local traders and baggage carries of Gilgit Baltistan can’t afford for containers/truck, they are doing business on small scale and it has also been decided in three different agreements “Bilateral trade agreement”, “Barter trade agreement” and “Protocol agreement” between Pakistan and China, signed on April 03, 1985.
According to the agreements the citizens of Gilgit Baltistan can enter China bearing border pass instead of Visa and relaxation has given to the people of GB to carry their goods via public transport.
The Chinese immigration officials are in view that the relaxation of conveying goods via public transport is for the people of Gilgit Baltistan exclusively. They can bring their own goods not of the traders belonging from other part of Pakistan.
While addressing the protesters Collector Pakistan customs said that two trucks will be assign in a week for the local traders and baggage carriers of GB and a person can take 500kg good in each trip.
President Baggage Carrier Union GB Abbas Masvi told Sost Today the Chinese are breaching the Barter trade agreement. In the agreement it has been clearly stated that the volume of import and export must remain same. The Chinese are exporting their goods to Pakistan in large amount and they have bound Pakistan to export. He added
He also said that they will continue protest after the month of Mohram if the Chinese Govt does not lift the ban.