‘Historic day’: PM Imran inaugurates 24/7 border crossing at Torkham – Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the opening of the Torkham border crossing on Wednesday for 24 hours.

The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prime Minister Mahmood Khan, when he inaugurated the Integrated Commercial Transit Management System. He also received an information session on the border terminal.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion, Prime Minister Imran said the 24-hour opening of the border crossing will facilitate trade in the region.

"I think this is a very historic day," he said, noting that trade with Afghanistan had increased 50 percent during the trial of opening the border 24/7 alone.

He said the region will be transformed as soon as peace is established in Afghanistan and that commercial activities will reach Central Asia.

"The lives of people in this region will change," he said, adding that Peshawar will become a regional center of business activities that will generate employment opportunities.

& # 39; No NRO for anyone & # 39;

In response to a question about the role of the opposition in supporting government efforts, the prime minister said that the country's opposition was only concerned about the possibility of escaping responsibility.

Citing the events in the recent joint session of parliament convened in the National Assembly to show solidarity with occupied Kashmir, he said that "the only objective of the opposition is to give them a NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) in some way."

"They have had an agenda of a point since we came to power. The opposition did not let me give a speech [in the NA] from day one just to blackmail me so that I am under pressure. "

He said that the NROs given by the former military ruler withdrew General Pervez Musharraf to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and PPP co-president Asif Ali Zardari, both currently incarcerated, "added a debt of Rs24,000 billion in Pakistan in the last 10 years. "

These are cases from that time that the opposition is now using to "blackmail" the government, the prime minister added.

"I want to make it clear to the whole nation that whatever happens, we will not give an NRO to anyone," Prime Minister Imran said, attributing rising inflation in the country to the fiscal and trade deficits accumulated by opposition leaders . during their respective governments.

& # 39; Bad service to cashmere & # 39;

Prime Minister Imran said that from the beginning it had been his government's priority to improve Pakistan's relations with its neighboring countries and focus on stabilizing the economy.

He said it was "unfortunate" for both Afghanistan and Pakistan that the dialogue that was taking place between the United States and the Afghan Taliban had stalled. "We will do everything possible so that the dialogue moves forward so that there is peace," he added.

In response to a question, the prime minister said that because Pakistan was only facilitating the talks between the United States and the Taliban and was not participating in them, the government had "discovered through the newspapers" that the dialogue process was had broken.

Prime Minister Imran said that if the talks had succeeded, his next move would have been to organize the talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government.

Speaking about the eastern front of Pakistan, he said that India had been "taken" by a nationalist and racist Hindu. Referring to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, he said that only an "extremist" could keep the people of Kashmir occupied under curfew for 45 days.

"There is no possibility of talks" between Pakistan and India until the latter lifts the curfew in Kashmir and reverses the revocation of Article 370.

Prime Minister Imran said he will present the case of Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly later this month "as nobody has done before."

Answering a question, the prime minister warned people not to think about going to Kashmir to "act jihad", saying that anyone who does that will be detrimental to the people of Kashmir.

He explained that if someone enters occupied Kashmir from Pakistan, India "will find an excuse" to torture and oppress cashmere under the pretext of cross-border terrorism.

Imran said international pressure against India was constantly increasing, "but if someone does any act (of crossing the border) from here, I will say they are enemies of Pakistan and Kashmir."

The prime minister strongly condemned the violence against the Hindu community in the Ghotki district of Sindh for an accusation of blasphemy, calling it "conspiracy to sabotage" his government's campaign in Kashmir before his next visit to the UN.

He stressed that the Constitution of Pakistan and Islam grant the same rights to all citizens, including minorities.

Border terminal

The prime minister also opened the Pak-Afghan Friendship Hospital in Torkham. According to Pakistan RadioAfghan patients arriving in Pakistan through the crossing point will receive medical services in the hospital.

The border had been closed for all traffic in view of the inauguration ceremony held today.

Pakistan, for the first time, opened its Torkham border with Afghanistan throughout the month earlier this month as a test, to improve bilateral trade and facilitate the movement of pedestrians across the border.

The National Logistics Cell (NLC), in coordination with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has completed arrangements for the 24-hour cross-border commercial terminal.

Work to improve the terminal began after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on his last visit in June, asked Prime Minister Imran to facilitate trade between the two countries through the border crossing.

The NLC said the Torkham border terminal had caused a paradigm shift in the regulation of the two-way movement of passengers and cargo and had helped curb the cross-border movement of criminals, illegal trade, drug trafficking, as well as the backward flow of trade in transit. goods to Pakistan.

According to the NLC, the border terminal has generated important economic activities in the area, which greatly benefits the local KhugaKhel Shinwari tribe.


With additional Sirajuddin reports.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1505914/historic-day-pm-imran-inaugurates-247-border-crossing-at-torkham

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