ISLAMABAD Chairman National Assemblys Standing Committee on Commerce, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, on Friday said that the Government had finalised the minutes of Afghan-Pak Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) on the US dictation and it was not in the countrys interest. While talking to TheNation here on Friday, the MNA of PML-N said that not only the minutes of the agreement was finalised on the US dictation, but also the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed due to the pressure of Washington in 2009. He further said that the new agreement between Islamabad and Kabul would unleash a new wave of smuggling in Pakistan. He was of the view that it was a unilateral agreement, as this would only benefit Afghanistan, while it would cause devastating effects on Pakistans economy. The Commerce Ministry did not take the standing committee on board before finalising the new draft, he said and added that the Standing Committee held four discussions on it in last one year and suggested the Government to take concrete steps to stop the smuggling, which was the major concern in the Pak-Afghan Transit Trade, and still unresolved in the new agreement. The meeting of National Standing Committee on Commerce was summoned on July 30, which would discuss the draft of the agreement, he informed. He said, Earlier Afghan trucks were allowed to transport to Torkham, which now allowed to Wagah border and Karachi, and this move will also become one of the reasons to increase the smuggling in the country. Every year, Pakistan faced Rs 7 to 10 billion loss due to the smuggling of tea under the Afghan Transit Trade, he said and added that on every item Pakistan imposed duty, its illegal trade increased, as recently the Government imposed duty on the Air-Conditions, that resulting in its smuggling from Afghanistan. He further said that due to the new agreement, Pakistani trucks drivers would also suffer a lot, as Afghan trucks would frequently transported in the country.