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Torkham terminal upgrades boost Af-Pak trade

Torkham terminal upgrades boost Af-Pak trade

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Sep 16, 2019 - 13:18

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Arrangements have been put in place for round-the-clock trade with Afghanistaninfo-icon through the Torkham border terminal.

The National Logistics Cell (NLC) said the terminal was expected to open next week. Additional facilities have been made available in coordination with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The terminal, currently operating 24/7 on a trial basis, will be formally opened at a ceremony in the dusty border town.

Work on upgrading the terminal began after President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Islamabad in June.

Ghani had asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to ease trade between the neighbours through the Torkham border crossing.

The terminal will yield significant benefits for Afghanistan by reducing its reliance on other countries. It will also facilitate exports and imports, reduce congestion and boost transit trade.

Additional arrangements have been made for the accommodation of Customs, Nadra, Federal Investiga­tion Agency (FIA), Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and other departments.

The Torkham terminal has helped in curbing the cross-border movement of militants, illegal trade, drug trafficking as well as backward flow of transit trade goods into Pakistaninfo-icon.

The terminal will ease the movement of Afghans travelling across the border in large numbers for medical treatment in Peshawar.

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