ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed the authorities concerned to fast-track establishment of markets in Pakistan’s border areas with Afghanistan and Iran and early formulate a comprehensive strategy in this regard.
Highlighting the importance of border markets for the prosperity of the people residing in the merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and bordering areas of Balochistan, he said the establishment of such markets would not only create employment opportunities for the local people but also help check smuggling.
The prime minister issued the directives while presiding over a meeting held to review progress in establishment of markets in border areas with Afghanistan and Iran. Prime minister’s adviser Abdul Razak Dawood, special assistants Moeed Yusuf, Dr Waqar Masood and Dr Shehbaz Gill and senior officers were present in the meeting, which was also attended by Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi and relevant officers through video link.
The meeting was briefed on the measures taken by the federal and provincial authorities so far for the establishment of border markets for provision of better business opportunities to the local people, promotion of trade and creation of employment opportunities for the youth.
Published in Dawn, January 19th, 2021