TORKHAM: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday inaugurated 24/7 Torkham Terminal at Pak-Afghan border.
The terminal will serve round the clock, seven days a week. Torkham border in Khyber District has been opened twenty-four hours on trial basis since Sept 2. The project has been completed at a cost of 16 billion rupees.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government took this decision to enhance trade with Afghanistan and facilitate the business community of the two countries.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan, and other senior civil and military officials were also present on the occasion.
“During the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting I realized potential of the route through Torkhem to Gawadar as central Asian countries had been waiting for its opening,” Imran Khan said.
During media talk on this occasion, he said the ruling government had given 150 billion rupees for development of tribal areas. This big amount surpassed the total amount so far spent in this region, he added. Peshawar will become trade hub of Pakistan, he maintained.
To a query, Imran Khan said it would be a tragedy if talks did not proceed between the Taliban and the United States. He said he would discuss the matter with Donald Trump in his upcoming visit to the US on Monday.
He said we had let the Taliban and US talk without any intervention of Pakistan, therefore we did not know about its development and how it faltered. “I pray that peace is restored in Afghanistan,” he said.
To another query, the PM said if anyone went from Pakistan for Jihad in Kashmir it would be tantamount to committing oppression on Kashmiris as it would give India an excuse to justify its oppression in the valley and blame Pakistan for it.
He said there was no possibility of talks with India until it did not lift curfew in Kashmir.