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Opening of Torkham border for free trade urged

Opening of Torkham border for free trade urged

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Dec 06, 2018 - 10:11

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Torkham border should be opened for free trade and business activities with Afghanistaninfo-icon and Central Asian countries, says a Pakistani minister.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri issued the call while talking to reporters after attending a public gathering in Landikotal on Wednesday.

He hailed the opening of the Kartarpur corridor with India for Sikh pilgrims as a positive step, he said: “I wish we can also open the Torkham border for free trade and business activities with Afghanistan and Central Asia.”

Qadri chided critics of tribal areas’ merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the British-era law called Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR), saying: “These things are outdated. We have entered a new phase.”

Quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan, the federal minister said they would create more jobs for the residents of erstwhile Fatainfo-icon instead of rendering them jobless.Regarding National Financial Commission Award (NFC), he said all the provinces except Sindh have agreed to give Fata districts three percent share in the NFC award.

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