Monday, January 30, 2012

CENTCOM Wants You To Consider Pakistan Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa As “Silk Road” Gateway To Central Asia

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have a bright future ahead as a gateway to Central Asia and Afghanistan as these countries need this area for access to Indian Ocean for trade and economic activities, experts say.
“Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA are of great interest to the landlocked Central Asian States and Afghanistan for access to the Indian Ocean as the KP provide the shortest access route”, Chief Collector Customs (North) Nisar Ahmad told a seminar on ‘Border Divide and Customs Connects’ in Peshawar January 27 . He said terrorism has badly shattered the economies of KP and FATA but the future for this region is bright as it would be the hub of an economic boom as an easy access route for Central Asiato Middle East and European Markets.
He said that the government also has a vision for a National Trade Corridor, the Peshawar-Torkham Expressway, the Northern By-pass and agreements with Central Asian countries to facilitate the traffic of goods, people and services in the region.
Zahir Shah

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