ISLAMABAD - Federal Secretary for Commerce Zafar Mahmood Friday said that Islamabad and Kabul would take up issues related to the Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (PATTA) in its Coordination Authoritys two-day meeting that started on Friday. While talking to the media after the inaugural session of Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Coordination Authority meeting, he said, There are lots of issues and concerns among both the countries related to the Pak-Afghan Transit Trade. Islamabad and Kabul will try to resolve all the issues in two days meeting with mutual understanding. He further informed that Pakistan would discuss recommendations of Interior Ministry and Federal Board of Revenue relating to the smuggling involves in Pak-Afghan Transit Trade. Under the new agreement, several steps are proposed to curtail smuggling in Pak-Afghan Transit Trade including tracking system and bank guarantee system, he added. Secretary Commerce said that Islamabad and Kabul agreed in PATTA to constitute an Authority, which would discuss the issues related to the transit trade between the two countries. The Commerce Secretary from Pakistani side and Deputy Commerce Minister from Afghanistan side headed the Coordination Authority, he further informed. To a question, Zafar Mahmood said that earlier Pakistani trucks were used in transporting Afghan commodities to Wahga border, however in new PATTA, Afghani trucks would be used. Meanwhile according to the press statement, the 1st meeting of Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) started in Islamabad on Friday. Secretary Commerce Zafar Mahmood and Afghan Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industries Muhammad Sharif Sharify co-chaired the meeting. APTTA (Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement) envisages the establishment of APTTCA. APTTCA shall deal with all matters related to transit trade and transportation in the context of APTTA. In his welcome address, the Secretary Commerce expressed that due to persistent efforts of the joint working group, APTTA was successfully occluded. He expressed that, being an important trading partner, Pakistan attaches utmost importance to Afghanistan. He further stated that the new transit agreement is a far better document which is based on international best practices. He highlighted that the main concern of our business community has been the issue of smuggling due to transit trade. However, he expressed his satisfaction that APTTA provides for a comprehensive inbuilt mechanism to address the issue of unauthorised trade. Muhammad Sharif Sharifi, Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan in his opening remarks thanked Pakistan for extending warm hospitality to the Afghan delegation. He stated that both Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoy historical trade and economical relations. Both countries are also members of ECO and SAARC, which further promote transit and bilateral trade cooperation. He said that APTTCA will work hard to sort out all problems in the implementation of APTTA. In the meeting, both sides took review of the issues relating to the implementation status of Afghan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA). These issues include installation of tracking system, establishing bank guarantee system and international requirements for sealable trucks.