Gilgit: The Gilgit-Baltistan assembly has unanimously passed a resolution calling to reopen the Pakistan-China border from April 1.
The resolution called upon Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take steps to open the border from April 1 and facilitate business community and people across the border, said an official statement.
The resolution was moved by Leader of the Opposition Amjad Hussain Advocate in the house.
The resolution shows that under the border protocol, Pakistan-China border trade would be opened every year from April 1 to December 31.
Last year the border was closed for trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while in the same year trade activities on the Pakistan-Afghan border and the Pakistan-Iran border continued, the resolution added.
The resolution says that the Pakistan-China border would be open to all kinds of trade and commerce activities from April 1, following the Coronavirus SOPs and guidelines.
Supporting the resolution, Finance Minister Javed Ali Manwa said: “We are aware that traders in Gilgit-Baltistan are facing difficulties due to the closure of the Pakistan-China border, therefore, we are trying to keep the border open for the whole year and amend the border agreement.”
He said the house should form a committee to amend the border agreement and try to keep the border open for the whole year.
Minister for Minerals Colonel Obaidullah Baig (retd) said that the GB government was in touch with the federal government to open the border from April 1.
He said the government had also informed the traders of Gilgit-Baltistan about the decision of the government.