"Completion of road allows Afghans to bypass Pakistani trade monopoly
INDIA has finally completed a section of road that will open up Afghanistan to Indian trade, allowing Afghans to wean themselves off their forced dependence on
Pakistani goods and routes.
The 218km Zaranj-Delaram Highway in the south-west of Afghanistan will soon by handed over to the Afghan government, opening up a trade route between the Iranian sea port of Chabahar and Kabul. The new route will allow Afghanistan to bypass the often perilous, expensive and slow Pakistani trade route with Indian goods shipped to Iran.
Islamabad refuses to allow Indian goods bound for Afghanistan to travel across Pakistani soil and the new route through the southern Iranian city of Chabahar will allow India to ship goods to Afghanistan far more efficiently."
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