Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed government's commitment to effectively check the menace of smuggling for development of the economy.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad today that was focused on establishment of trade markets in border areas.
The Prime Minister said the scourge of smuggling not only destroys the national economy but also affects country's resources and income, besides causing havoc to the industry.
Imran Khan said the government is determined to control smuggling but it is also cognizant of the economic difficulties faced by people and youth of the border areas.
He appreciated the proposal of establishment of trade markets for providing the people of border areas an alternative livelihood.
He expressed hope that these markets would accelerate economic activities and provide business opportunities to youth.
The Prime Minister directed to finalize the proposal for establishing trade markets in border areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan sooner.