QUETTA - The first-ever flag-lowering ceremony at “The Friendship Gate” at the Pak-Afghan border was held on Friday in which a large number of tribal notables and civilian officers participated.

According to details, the Pakistani forces held flag-lowering ceremony for the first time on the Friendship Gate at the Pak-Afghan border and security personnel marched in procession.

Speaking on the occasion, Brig Nadeem Suhail said such sort of flag-lowering ceremony would be a unique programme for the local dwellers of the district and enhance their knowledge about security forces.

“We want both the countries to organise such flag-lowering ceremonies,” said Nadeem Suhail, adding these ceremonies would be organized every Friday.

He went on to say that it would also prove a worth-seeing ceremony of entertainment for the people and advised Afghan officials to organise such ceremonies.

“We have held the flag-lowering ceremony to deepen friendship ties with Afghanistan,” noted Nadeem Suhail. He added the flag-lowering ceremony is also held at Wagah border, but the tribal people had more enthusiasm and zeal for Pakistan.

All issues should be resolved mutually between the two neighgouring countries and it would be a precedent of exemplary friendship between them. The ceremony was attended by FC Commandant Col Usman, Qilla Abdullah DC Qaisar Khan Nasar, DPO Sajid Khan Momand, Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Qasim Khan and other tribal elites.

PKMAP WARNS AGAINST CHANGE IN CPEC ROUTE

The legislators of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), welcoming the Chinese trade convoy on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s western route, yesterday warned against any attempt to change the CPEC western route.

They said the CPEC would obviously bring economic revolution in Balochistan and open new employment opportunities for the local populace. They lambasted some political parties, saying they were doing politics on the issue of CPEC western route. PkMAP lawmakers, MPAs Syed Laiquat Agha, William Barkat, Nasrullah Khan Zeray and others expressed these views at a press conference. On this occasion, PTI senior leader Abdur Razzaq Mallakhail and his dozens of colleagues joined PkMAP. The lawmakers also warned the Centre of harsh consequences if any attempt to alter the western route of CPEC was made, adding the objectives of the CPEC would not be achieved without this route.

They averred the party had taken a firm stance over this issue and would sternly resist any adverse step in this regard.

Under the CPEC mega project, new economic zones, railway tracks, fibre optics and road networks would be established, which would surely improve the economic and social conditions of the province, affirmed the legislators.