Pak­istan De­mands Re­open­ing of Zero-Point Trade Gate

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QUETTA (Dis­patches) - Pak­istan Peo­ples Party Cen­tral Leader Umair Muham­mad Hasni has termed the pro­longed clo­sure of Zero-Point trade gate on the Pak-Iran bor­der in Taf­tan as eco­nomic ex­ploita­tion and de­manded its im­me­di­ate re­open­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued on Satur­day, Hasni said that pro­longed clo­sure of the Zero-Point by Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties was il­log­i­cal as it “is in vi­o­la­tion of the mu­tual bor­der agree­ment”. Hasni won­dered whether the gov­ern­ment or the district ad­min­is­tra­tion was do­ing any­thing in this re­gard and lamented the gov­ern­ment’s in­ca­pa­bil­ity of re­solv­ing the is­sue which ren­dered hun­dreds of labour­ers and mid­dle-class busi­ness­men job­less.

The PPP cen­tral leader said, “The clo­sure of the Zero-Point trade gate, de­spite ink­ing of a mu­tual bor­der agree­ment with the Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties, has re­sulted in short­age of rou­tine com­modi­ties.”

He made it clear that his party would not let the poor peo­ple of Cha­gai and bor­der-re­lated ar­eas suf­fer and urged the gov­ern­ment to take up the is­sue dur­ing mu­tual bor­der meet­ings and on diplo­matic level oth­er­wise his party would uti­lize ev­ery demo­cratic right to stage protests against Zero-Point’s pro­longed clo­sure and the gov­ern­ment’s in­com­pe­tency. In Jan­uary this year, Iran had as­sured Pak­istan that the Zero-Point trade gate would re­open once fenc­ing was com­plete. The as­sur­ance had come dur­ing a reg­u­lar bor­der meet­ing be­tween the del­e­ga­tions of Pak­istan and Iran at Bor­der Pil­lar Num­ber 72 near Taf­tan.

Pak­istan’s side was headed by Cha­gai Deputy Com­mis­sioner Im­ran Ibrahim Ban­gulzai, while Meer Jawah District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ibrahim Jan­nati rep­re­sented the Ira­nian side. Both the sides were flanked by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and se­cu­rity forces per­son­nel.

Ban­gulzai had re­quested the Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties to re­open the Zero-Point trade gate and in­formed them about the con­se­quences the peo­ple were suf­fer­ing due to the clo­sure of the bor­der-cross­ing point. Jan­nati had as­sured re­open­ing of the Zero-Point gate as soon as the con­struc­tion work was com­plete. In the meet­ing, bor­der con­trol mea­sures – par­tic­u­larly curb­ing drugs and hu­man traf­fick­ing – were dis­cussed thor­oughly.

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