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Formation of Land Port Authority discussed

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Sunday chaired a meeting to review setting up of the Pakistan Land Port Authority.

Quarter Master General Pakistan Army Lt Gen Javed Bukhari briefed the meeting on border checkpoints across the country, said a statement.

The minister was briefed about the need for modern border terminals in view of growing trade and volume of international commercial goods.

The construction of sufficiently equipped border terminals is needed not only for the purpose of trade regulation but also for tracking the movement of people, both for reasons of immigration and security.

Various models of upgradation of border posts for covered cargo at Jamrud, Taftan and Sosst were discussed.

The meeting was attended by Special Adviser to the PM on Law Barrister Zafarullah Khan, EAD Secretary Maj General Sahir Shamshad, DG MO Maj Gen Faisal Mushtaq, DG NLC and Chairman FBR.

Mr Dar emphasised the government’s priority of establishing a `land port authority’ to invigorate the border trade and facilitate and better monitor those travelling to Pakistan.

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