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With New Move Involving Planes, India And Afghanistan Bypass Pakistan

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  1. SabzShaheen

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    NEW DELHI: An aircraft packed with 60 tons of asafoetida, or hing, marked the opening of the first air cargo corridor between Afghanistan and India today. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has received the plane, leased by Afghan carrier Ariana

    The cargo, worth about $6 million dollars, was the first in what officials from the two countries hope will be many flights allowing Afghan and Indian companies to bypass Pakistan, which strictly limits the shipment of goods by land between India and Afghanistan often as part of border disputes.

    Afghanistan depends on the Pakistani port of Karachi for its foreign trade. It is allowed to send a limited amount of goods overland through Pakistan into India, but imports from India are not allowed along this route.

    The new air corridor aims to boost trade between India and Afghanistan from $800 million to $1 billion in three years and $10 billion in five years. While it bypasses Pakistan, necessary overflight permissions have been taken, though that allows the possibility of Islamabad acting as spoiler if it wants.

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    Namak Haramis led by Gadha Ghani inaugurate air corridor between India and Afghanistan

    Next week, a second flight to India is scheduled to depart from the southern city of Kandahar, carrying 40 tons of dried fruit.

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani first proposed the air corridor in September last year in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi; details were worked out when both attended a regional summit in Amritsar in December.


    The first flight in this corridor from Delhi to Kabul yesterday exported 100 tons of Indian goods. There will be several flights every week from Kabul and Kandahar to India, depending on seasonal demand.

    The cargo service aims to improve landlocked Afghanistan's links to markets abroad and boost the growth prospects of its agricultural and carpet industries while it battles a deadly Taliban insurgency, Indian officials have said.

    "We will continue to assist you in various ways as this corridor expands and grows into a network of cargo flights as per demand of the market," India's ambassador to Afghanistan, Manpreet Vohra, told President Ghani.

    Source (will post article from more reliable source when possible): http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/with...india-and-afghanistan-bypass-pakistan-1714302
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    Pakistan should "act as spoiler" immediately and permanently.
     
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  2. paki_rambo

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    so how are they bypassing us whats the air route exactly?
     
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    Pakistan has allowed permission that is why they are operating..All departments must have given clearance...
    @sparten remember i told you on another thread...
    https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/indi...corridor-to-kabul-using-pak-air-space.499822/
    Now we finally come to know as they have started operations
     
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    And India will cut off Pakistan's overflight rights to East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia etc. Good luck.
     
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    Few Problems
    Cost Compared to Road , and Transit Time , What kind of Trade will Take Place
    because it will increase Price for Cheap products

    The Main 1 Point for this Route is to allowing more Trade Through Pakistan ( By air corridor )
    and in Tense Situation Pakistan can Stop that which and than India Would have to ask china ,
    in tense Situation i m sure China Will Support Pakistan
    or the other Way that is Using Iran which will increase cost even more this is more of a short sighted solution for publicity better to Build Irani Port and use that to keep Price low but will take extra time
    1 Benefit for Pakistan They will Earn Extra Dollars without even doing anything


    Pakistan can compensate That as Indian and Pakistan dont use that much of each others Air Space even for Civilian flights
    It will add Only Few minutes more for both sides
    but pretty sure both sides wont do that until Something happens
     
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  6. SabzShaheen

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    You think Pakistan can't find alternative routes to those areas through China? Good luck trying to find alternate routes to Afghanistan.
     
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    What makes you think India can't? We can use both iran &Chinese airspace to reach Afghanistan, the problem is its a giant detour wate of fuel & time .

    Pakistan on the otherhand would need to fly over the remote mountains of tibet to reach the nearest airport, Lasa which is further than Nepal & Bihar.

    Lol
     
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    Afghans cant afford such route :) .
     
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    so now Pakistan can close its border with Afghanistan permanently?

    I dont think its serious step, yeah, they can afford this for high priced and priority items, but for cheap goods its more like propagnda step.. It will increase price of goods.
     
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    Useless initiative. More for fooling layman of both nations.
     
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    Afghans be like " you brought daal ! " And that's where it ends.

    Indians are better investors. I am astonished yet satisfied with this news.

    Let India test its super power unsc permanent membership ambitions in Afghanistan. Logic would have said Rohingya but its ' destination fuzzed ' it seems.
     
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    What makes you think Iran or China would allow Indian aircraft transit to Afghanistan if Pakistan advocates them not to?
     
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    Because Pakistan can't influence its piss poor ,landlocked , war torn neighbour , let alone Iran & China.

    iran as a matter of fact is closer ally to India than Pakistan, hell we even have a port there.
     
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    Why don't you double check with Iran. Plenty of Iranians here.
    You know.
    Just to be sure.
     
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    This is actually great news. Let this route grow. Hopefully we can now permanently seal the border with Afghanistan. Nothing from Afghanistan or india comes into Pakistan, nothing goes out. We've been looking after the Afghans for over 40 years. The indians are welcome to them. Let this transit route prosper. Just keep Pakistan out of it.
     
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