PM to inaugurate Azakhel Dry Port tomorrow: minister

Prime Minister Imran Khan would visit Nowshera tomorrow (Friday) to inaugurate a newly established dry port in Azakhel, said Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed while talking to journalists in Peshawar.

Asn per the sources, the Azakhel Pirpiai Dry Port will be the largest such facility in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the second largest in the country. Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad would also accompany the prime minister for the inauguration ceremony.

Meanwhile, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Thursday that after Gwadar, Peshawar would become the centre for national railways.

“We have reduced the train fares for half for our Pashtun brothers for the next 65 years, besides offering free travelling facilities for the elderly citizens aged 75 and above.”

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He said that it was in the interest of the world to start trading from Jalalabad route. “I am promising here that I will give a new train to Peshawar in 2020. ML-1 project will give employment to 100,000 youth. The series of mainline projects are actually the part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).”

On a question, Sheikh Rasheed said a positive environment has now been created as all opposition parties have supported the three-year extension of the army chief.

The minister said he had already predicted that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would give votes in favour of the COAS extension. “A new political process is going to be started soon and PM Khan will complete his five-year tenure,” he claimed.

The minister said that the accountability process was the agenda of Imran Khan which would be continued at any cost.

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