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24/7 opening of Torkham crossing inaugurated

24/7 opening of Torkham crossing inaugurated

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Sep 18, 2019 - 15:58

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday formally inaugurated round-the-clock opening of the Torkham crossing.

Accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, he opened the Integrated Transit Trade Management System.

Khan also inaugurated the Pak-Afghan Friendship Hospital at Torkham, a facility for Afghan patients that local authorities call a medical tourism initiative.

For the first time, the Torkham border with Afghanistaninfo-icon was opened round the clock earlier this month on a trial basis.

The move is aimed at enhancing bilateral trade and facilitating the movement of travelers across the border.

The National Logis­tics Cell (NLC) has put in place elaborate arrangements for the round-the-clock, trans-border trade terminal.

Upgrades to the terminal began after President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Pakistan in June. He had urged Imran to ease trade between the two countries through the border crossing.

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