PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in his first visit to Torkahm, after the Tribal areas merger with the province, has inspected the border fencing and issued directives to facilitate traders, doing business across the border.

Chief Minister said that the public sector entities and their officials should facilitate trade activities adding that Torkham, Ghulam Khan and other routes linking Central Asia via Afghanistan would emerge the life-veins of the economy of the country in the wake of CPEC.

The CM said that the developmental activities in the region would make this region a hub of trade. Mahmood Khan said that his government has already planned Reshakai industrial estate, Hattar industrial estate and 17 other industrial zones in the province.

The expressway from Peshawar to D.I.Khan and Gilgit to Chitral and Dir to Chakdara as an alternative route for the CPEC would integrate the province through a roads communication network as the Swat Motorway was already in the completion phase.

Chief Minister said that PATA including Malakand Division, FATA and Hazara were being promoted on tourism lines. “we have natural resources including the perennial water resources which would be exploited for the benefit of the people and development of the province,” said the chief minister.
“Cheap electricity will be provided to encourage rapid industrialization that would spread a network of economic activities,” said the CM.

Mahmood Khan said that they are working on attracting investment and facilitating investors. The provincial government was giving one window operation for investment facilitation in the province, he added.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister was briefed by the security officials about the border fencing and different activities.

Chief Minister directed to resolve the problems on the border as expeditiously as possible so that the people could heave a sigh of relief.

Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the residence of Federal Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri where he condoled the death of his father Pir Hazrat Sheikh Gul Jee.

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