LAHORE – Federal Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Pakistan-Iran gas-pipe line will be completed during the tenure of the present government.
Addressing at a dinner, organised by Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) former vice president Muhammad Tahir at a local hotel on Thursday night, said that the governments of Pakistan and Iran were working on improvement of trade, investment and connectivity between the both nations. He said that the government wanted to strengthen the connectivity in the sectors of energy, rail, roads, banks and even mobile phones so that the consistent trade relations could be developed between the both countries.
The minister said that the international forces did not see the relations between Pakistan and Iran positively, so it was important for the prosperity of the both nations to form such system which could promote the economic relations of the both countries without annoying the world. He said that the government was working on Quetta-Zahidan motorway corridor which would be connected with the China-Gawadar trade corridor in the future.
He said that a Land Port Authority was being established in Pakistan to promote trade with neighbouring countries through land, adding a land port was also under consideration at the border of Tafatan and Quetta. He said that it was good gesture that main leadership of the both countries were agreed on the speedy work on economic and trade relations between Pakistan and Iran during the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Iran in the mid of the current year.
“During his visit, democratic leadership was also agreed on the removal of hurdles for the trade between the both countries,” he said. He expressed his determination that the present trade agreement between Pakistan and Iran would be taken to a free trade agreement in future. He said that a legal system for payments was being formed and work on it was under progress, adding the government would present a gift of restoration of trade to the traders from the commencement of the upcoming new year.
Iranian parliamentarian Muhammad Abdi also addressed the gathering. Iranian delegates, including Consul General Muhammad Hussain Bani Asadi and REAP members were present on the occasion.
By Daily Times
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