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Ferry service likely to be launched in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet is likely to approve the launching plan of a ferry service in Pakistan.

A session of the federal cabinet is underway under the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The discussion related to the expansion of legal boundaries of the cabinet committee for disposal of legislative cases, mass transit authority ordinance,

The meeting discussed the appointment of the chairman of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), establishment of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Port Qasim Karachi, and initiation of ferry service in Pakistan.

An annual report for the financial year 2018-19 will be presented by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), whereas, the members of the federal cabinet will also be briefed over the Industry Report 2019.

It is expected that the federal cabinet will greenlight the launching of a ferry service in Pakistan. The Ministry of Maritime Affairs had announced its plan in September last year to start a ferry service that would connect Karachi and Gwadar ports with Middle East seaports.

According to the plan, the ferry service will link Pakistani ports with Dubai, Oman, and Bandar Abbas (Iran) to facilitate people who want to travel among these destinations by providing them alternate routes which would also be used for facilitating pilgrims.

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