Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has stated that the re-opening of Khunjerab Pass will increase bilateral trade between Pakistan and China and that he vows to speed up all projects related to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) across the country. He welcomed the completion of arrangements for resumption of trade through the pass between the two countries after a lapse of three years, and said that the speed of CPEC projects will be doubled to that of 2018. He paid tribute to officials and team members of both countries for the resumption of the Khunjerab route. Sources say that the Chinese government has reopened all trade activities with other countries, adding that Khunjerab pass remains open from April to November under an agreement signed between Pakistan and China, with the countries working towards making the Khunjerab pass operational throughout the year. They said that making the Khunjerab pass a year-long operation has been one of the targets for the region in 2023. If the initiative is approved, it is expected to spur cross-border trade and business. Pakistani officials have visited Khunjerab pass to review the arrangements for the arrival of cargo from China with arrangements completed on both sides of the border.

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