Pakistan-China border closed over 20 months: Traders demonstrate in Islamabad

Islamabad: Traders recently demonstrated against the decision taken by the administration to keep the Pakistan-China border closed for the past 20 months.

The traders said the border closure has disrupted and caused massive damage to their business. These traders used the route for their business.

The business community has given a week’s deadline to open the border and has warned of sit-ins in Islamabad and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), reports Pakistan Today.

Traders said they have lost patience over the continuous closure of the Sost border.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, a group of traders from GB headed by Exporters Association Chairman Javed Hussain has appealed to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the foreign minister, commerce minister and the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan to open the Pak-China border for trade, the newspaper reported.

“All traders of the region will be forced to hold peaceful sit-ins outside Khunjerab Pass, the Parliament House and Ministry of Foreign Affairs if their demands are not met,” Hussain said.

He added that Pak-China is the only source of livelihood for all small and big traders of the region.


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