PESHAWAR: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has deputed 54 customs officials on Torkham border to facilitate round the clock trade as announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

According to the federal board of revenue, the purpose of deputing additional customs officials is to fulfil the promise made by Prime Minister Imran Khan to keep Torkham Border open for during the night to boost exports.

As per government sources, the federal government is going to open Torkham border round the clock from August 1st which was also warmly welcomed by the KP Business community and termed it a right initiative to boost economic and trade activities with Afghanistan and other regional countries as the province trade and industry is mainly dependent on exports to Afghanistan.

The FBR has also expressed the hope that the day-night clearing at three Torkham border will be helpful in boosting the bilateral trade especially the Pakistan exports to Afghanistan. The FBR officials informed that a high-level delegation of the FBR will soon visit the border to observe the overall preparations to keep the border open for trade during the night. In this regard, a function will also be held at the border where besides high officials of FBR, federal Ministers the PM is also expected to attend.

In a historic move on January 28, PM Imran has announced to open the border round the clock with the aim to strengthening people-to-people contact and boosting trade ties with the neighbouring country. Adviser to the PM on Establishment and Fata Reforms Shahzad Arbab has said that the decision has also the backing of the army and all other stakeholders.

In a tweet, the PM has said: “I have tasked the relevant government stakeholders to make the necessary arrangements for the Torkham border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan to remain open 24/7 within the next six months.