ISLAMABAD—Minister State for Communications, Chaudhry Imtiaz Safdar Warraich said Saturday the government was expanding network of roads to promote trade activities in the country besides with central Asian States.
He said the road network of Pakistan was playing an important role in boosting trade activities in the country and central Asian States, like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan including China.
He said to promote trade activities with Central Asian States, Pakistan signed quadrilateral agreement on March 9, 1995 while a protocol on custom procedure for goods in transit and passport visa regime for the implementation of agreement signed on November 24, 1998. Pakistan had taken a number of initiatives for the success of the quadrilateral agreement including up-gradation of Kara Kurram Highway (KKH) for incoming traffic from member states, he added.
Waraich said the work on 325 km long Raikot to Khunjrab section of KKH had been started with the cooperation of China while the work of upgradation of 480 km long area of KKH from Khunjrab to Hasanabdal was on awarding stage and work on this section would start soon.
The minister said the establishment of north, south Express Way/Motorway system and the development of links between National Trade Corridor and Gwadar port like projects have also been started to promote trade activities in a bid to alleviate poverty in the country.