The government of Pakistan has decided to establish 18 markets along its border with Iran and Afghanistan, with a view to boot trade with the two countries and prevent smuggling.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Thursday.
Twelve markets will be established along the Afghanistan border and six at border areas with Iran, according to the proposal.
However, a pilot programme has been scheduled for February 2021 where two markets will start in Balochistan and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“These three markets, two along with Iran and one at Afghan border areas, will be completed and activated by February 2021,” Khan told officials at the meeting.
Stern anti-smuggling measures were also announced at the meeting. The markets will provide better business and trade opportunities to the residents living along the border, Khan said.