ISLAMABAD - The National Logistic Cell (NLC) is planning to construct new border terminal at Angoor Adda, South Waziristan, besides upgrading the existing terminals with neighboring countries.

In the current security situation and geo-political location of the country, the construction of modern terminals at key entry/exit points with neighbouring countries is unavoidable, said official sources.

Constructing new terminals and upgrading the existing terminals will help restricting the movement of terrorists and curb illegal trade across the borders, the sources told The Nation. They said besides upgrading Chamman Border Terminal, two other terminals are under consideration at the Afghanistan border. The sources said besides Taftan at the Iranian border, other modern terminal are also being planned.

The construction of terminals is an integral part of bigger border management of the country with its neighbors, the official sources said. The construction of modern terminals will eliminate the movement of anti-state elements and curb the illegal trade, they claimed and said that under one roof the representatives of ANF, Customs, FIA, Nadra and other security agencies will perform their duties, reduce time consumption and help the documentation of all human and good trafficking.

Meanwhile, a press release issued here said in order to fully exploit the unique geo-strategic position of Pakistan and make it a potential hub of transit trade, National Logistics Cell (NLC) has chalked out detailed plans for establishment of new border terminals at key entry/exit points with neighbouring countries besides upgrading the existing ones at Chaman, Torkham and Wahga. Apart from facilitating the smooth flow of trade at economical cost, NLC-operated border terminals are playing an important role in regulating the cross-border movement of cargo and passenger traffic, thus becoming an important component of the overall border management system.

The construction work is already underway on terminals at Kharlachi in Kurram Agency and Ghulam Khan Khel in North Waziristan Agency to be commissioned by mid January having requisite facilities for customs, immigration, ANF and other government departments.

Latest facilities at the terminals are being developed including import/export yards, weigh stations, baggage scanners, fork lifters, tender fire crash etc.

Traders will be facilitated through one-window operation like simplified customs procedures, immigration and smooth administrative processes. In the second phase, other amenities like banking, telephone and Internet services will also be set up at these terminals.

Another border terminal at Angoor Adda in South Waziristan has also been planned and construction work will commence after operationalisation of Kharlachi and Ghulam Khan Khel border terminals.

It merits mentioning here that NLC has extensive operational and management experience of running border terminals at key entry/exit points, including Wahga, Torkham/Jamrud, and Chaman. These terminals have played a crucial role in regulating and boosting trade with neighbouring countries.

Border terminals at Ghulam Khan Khel, Kharlachi and Angoor Adda have their own significance as these facilities will drastically cut distance from DI Khan to Kabul through existing Indus Highway and planned CPEC western route. The shorter distance will reduce the transportation cost, benefiting the trade to Afghanistan and Central Asian states.