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.