Pakistan is looking into setting up markets along the Iran and Afghanistan borders to boost bilateral trade and benefit locals residing in the nearby areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan province.
The markets are proposed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shaheedano Dhand in Kurram district, Kharlachi and Angor Adda in South Waziristan, Arundo in Lower Chitral, Gursal in Mohmand District and Ghulam Khan and Torkham crossing points.
The government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has tasked the Commerce Ministry to look into the implementation of the process.
Only traders and customers within a 5 kilometre-radius will be allowed to set up businesses or to shop in the markets.
The construction of such markets will provide employment opportunities to the local population who are mostly dependant on cross-border trade at the moment.
The feedback from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade includes making the markets available for tourists and keeping them open on the weekends while setting a maximum limit of $200 for buyers.