ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi visited the Pakistan Afghanistan border on Saturday at Kharlachi wherein he was briefed on situation at border, trade, export, import, facilitations, trade opportunities and other related matters.
The meeting at border was attended by officials of Pakistan Army, FIA, ANF, NLC, FIA, NADRA, Customs and officials of border management.
Federal Minister on reaching the Pak Army center, paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan Army who laid their lives while protecting the country borders against all inimical forces and foreign aggression adding that so far number of Pak Army officers and soldiers embraced martyrdom in terrorist attacks from across the border.
He said that Pakistan has always desired peace in the whole reigon to promote trade and stability.
Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi said that the historical valley of Kurram is a masterpiece of natural beauty, which is attractive and important not only for tourists and historians but also international traders as it connects Pakistan with Kabul and Central Asia States by shortest, easiest and safest routes through Kharlachi and Borki borders.
He further elaborated that he has taken up with concerned authorities the extension of CPEC to Kurram as it will bring eternal peace, stability and happiness to the reigon.
Minister assured that road to the border shall be paved soon and the other issues will be addressed on priority basis.
He said that along with CPEC he has taken with Railway authorities to activate the Railway track till Tall so the trade at border could be enhanced through better communication means.
Minister advised the authorities to prefer, encourage and support local population engagement in the cross border trade and maximum employment opportunities should be given to them.
He also advised the authorities to take all measures for the protection and welfare of labours working in loading and uploading at border.
He said that all labours working at border shall be registered in Employees of Oldage Benefits Institution (EOAB) and workers welfare board so they can get all the benefits and their children be provided better health and educational facilities.