By Our Staff Reporter
Islamabad: Pakistan has planned to set up three border markets with Afghanistan and Iran by February 2021 to finance business activities and help people in border areas, said Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Khan, who chaired a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, agreed to develop markets as a pilot project, the Xinhua News Agency quoted the Office as saying in a statement. Under the pilot project, the three markets, two in Balochistan and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, will be completed and operational by February 2021.
A total of 12 markets along the border with Afghanistan are expected, while six markets along the border with Iran are expected, according to the release. Speaking on the occasion, Khan said that these markets would provide better business and business opportunities for people living along the border areas.
He added that border closures would help to coordinate cross-border travel and curb smuggling. According to the release, the Prime Minister instructed the departments concerned to complete the training of workers to be deployed in the border markets and in the official border crossings.
The meeting also agreed to take concrete measures to stop cross-border smuggling, which is having a significant impact on locals in the regions, according to officials.
(With Inputs from IANS)