Open­ing Bor­ders

Southasia - - BRIEFING -

Re­cently, Iran’s Ambassador Alireza Haghighan sent a for­mal re­quest to the In­te­rior Min­is­ter of Pak­istan, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to fi­nalise the con­struc­tion of cross­ing points at the Pak-Iran bor­der for pro­mot­ing bi­lat­eral trade. Pak­istan has given the go-ahead to con­struct en­try points at Pishin, Gabd (Pak­istan) while Iran will fi­nalise con­struc­tion of new cross­ing points at Reem­dan.

In ad­di­tion, Pak­istan has com­pleted con­struc­tion of Mand’s en­try point on the bor­der and is wait­ing for Iran’s con­fir­ma­tion for its for­mal in­au­gu­ra­tion. Presently, Taf­tan Zero Point in Pak­istan and Mir­javeh on the Ira­nian side are op­er­a­tional that have forged bi­lat­eral ties and have gen­er­ated em­ploy­ment for thou­sands of peo­ple across both sides of the bor­der.

Mir­javeh is the key cross­ing point be­tween the two coun­tries where the rail­way line from Pak­istan also crosses the bor­der while trav­el­ling from Quetta to Za­hedan. Sim­i­larly, Taf­tan serves as Pak­istan’s sole le­gal bor­der cross­ing into Iran.

Sources claim that both coun­tries are will­ing to open in­ter­na­tional cross­ing points at Mand and Gwadar this year to pro­mote trade. More­over, the two coun­tries will also es­tab­lish im­mi­gra­tion of­fices while the National Lo­gis­tics Cell will es­tab­lish mod­ern cargo ter­mi­nals to fa­cil­i­tate a smooth flow of trade.

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