PM Khan wants formulation of border-markets’ strategy

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – January 19, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan directed, Monday, to expedite steps taken for the establishment of border markets and formulate a comprehensive strategy soon.

According to a press release, the PM chaired a review meeting, in the federal capital, on progress of the establishment of border markets in Pakistan-Afghanistan and Pakistan-Iran border areas.

The meeting was briefed on steps taken so far at the federal and provincial levels for the establishment of proposed border markets on Pakistan-Afghanistan and Pakistan-Iran borders to provide better business facilities, trade promotion and employment opportunities to the local population.

The meeting was briefed on the draft PC-1 of 18 proposed border markets, four of which will be set up under a pilot project, and the progress made so far in negotiations with Afghan and Iranian officials.

“The establishment of these markets is of utmost importance for prosperity of people living in integrated districts and border areas of Balochistan” adding “The establishment of these markets will not only provide employment opportunities to local population but will also help in curbing smuggling,” PM Khan said.

The meeting was attended by the advisor to PM on commerce and investment (A-PM-CI) Abdul Razzaq Dawood, special assistant to PM (SAPM) on national security division and strategic policy planning (SAPM-NSD-SPP) Moeed Yousaf, SAPM on revenue (SAPM-R) Waqar Masood, SAPM on political communication (SAPM-PC) Shahbaz Gill along-with senior officers.

While the maritime affairs minister (MAM) Syed Ali Haider Zaidi and concerned senior officers attended the meeting through video link.