Kabul - Deputy of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries Khanjan Alokozai says import of merchandized from Pakistan to the country have decreased.

In an interview, Alokozai considered the reason of the reduction as further withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, increase of unemployment, stopping of construction projects and lack of money in market, saying that importing merchandized of Pakistan has reduced by $ 2.8 billion comparing to first six months of 2013.

Nevertheless, Alokozai said exports of Afghanistan to Pakistan have increased 5% comparing to last year.

He added that reduction of import of merchandized of Pakistan to Afghanistan has not put impacts on economic and social condition in the country, but necessary commodities were imported from all other foreign countries.

“$ 6 billion had been assisted annually to Afghanistan through Provincial Reconstruction Teams of a number of foreign countries and currently the assistance has ended and the country’s economy has been deteriorating,” Alokozai asserted. He said if current condition continued, import from Pakistan to Afghanistan would decrease by 50% by end of the year.