COAS inaugurates Central Trade Corridor in SW

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif inaugurated Central Trade Corridor in South Waziristan.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), this corridor will be the key land route between Pakistan and Afghanistan and will be helpful in the trade.
The Central Trade Corridor (CTC) is a strategic road link to facilitate trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan and will directly and indirectly help revive the local economy in the Pakistan’s tribal regions and Northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the military said. Militancy and violent extremism have badly affected economic activities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) over the past several years.
General Sharif inaugurated the 76-km important section between Shakai and Makeen, two main towns in South Waziristan. This section connects the two main axes of the Trade Corridor Bannu, a main nearby city with Miranshah, headquarters of the North Waziristan tribal region with Ghulam Khan, the border area with Afghanistan and Wana Aangor Ada in South Waziristan.
This trade route will also boost economy of FATA and South Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Speaking on the occasion, the army chief said that development of FATA is a priority task being undertaken by the Pakistan Army as a well considered strategy.
“Apart from other economic, security and strategic advantages, the newly constructed roads have reduced traveling times considerably,” the army chief said.
General Raheel Sharif vowed to bring peace in the affected areas and also announced to continue rehabilitation work.