The launching ceremony to keep open Pak-Afghan border at Torkham round-the-clock is being held today (Sep 18). Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to be the chief guest on the occasion.
The Torkham border in Khyber district is open twenty-four hours on trial basis since 2nd of this month. This decision of the present government is aimed at enhancing trade with Afghanistan and facilitating business community of the two countries.
The National Logistics Cell (NLC), in coordination with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has completed arrangements for round-the-clock trans-border trade with Afghanistan through Torkham border terminal which is expected to open next week.
The terminal has been operating 24/7 on a trial basis and will be formally opened at a ceremony to be held at Torkham. The work to upgrade the terminal began after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on his last visit in June, requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to ease trade between the two countries through the border crossing.
The NLC said that the Torkham border terminal had brought about a paradigm shift in regulating two-way movement of passengers and cargo and had helped curbing the cross-border movement of miscreants, illegal trade, narcotics trafficking as well as backward flow of transit trade goods to Pakistan.
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