Gilgit-Baltistan: NATCO willing to launch its service in AJK

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MUZAFFARABAD (Dawn): The Northern Areas Transport Corporation (Natco), the largest public sector transport company of Gilgit-Baltistan, has shown its willingness to launch its service in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, initially on four routes, an AJK minister said here on Sunday.

Tahir Khokhar, the minister for transport, told reporters that a delegation of Natco would soon visit AJK to inspect the region’s road network while the service would formally commence next month.

Initially, a trial service would be launched between Rawalpindi and Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Rawalakot as well as between Muzaffarabad and Neelum valley, he added.

In the next phase, the operations would be extended to the remaining Azad Jammu and Kashmir districts besides launch of a shuttle service for Kashmiri expatriates from Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad to Mirpur, Kotli, Rawalakot and Muzaffarabad.

He said a decision to this effect was taken in Islamabad the other day.

The meeting, he said, was briefed by Natco managing director Zafar Khan on the operations of his company which was established in 1973.

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