PM okays establishment of 18 markets along Afghanistan, Iran borders

ISLAMABAD: In an effort to encourage legal business with neighbouring countries, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday accorded approval to set up 18 trade markets along Pakistan’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

Presiding over a high-level meeting here on Thursday, the Prime Minister gave approval to establish 12 markets along Pak-Afghan border and six markets along Pak-Iran border.
The meeting decided to take effective measures to eliminate the menace of smuggling. Briefing the meeting, an official said that the border markets will be made functional by February, 2021.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other high officials were in attendance in the meeting.

Earlier on May 14, Chairing a meeting to review the measures the government had taken to check smuggling and overpricing of essential items in the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan had stated no compromise would be made in action against smuggling.

Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, Food Security and Research Minister Syed Fakhar Imam, Adviser to the PM on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and relevant officials were in attendance in the meeting.


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