CHAGHI: Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Aamir Riaz inaugurated 'Pakistan Gate' on Wednesday, hence marking the completion of the first phase of the project which kicked off July 16 this year, Inter-Service Public Relations  (ISPR) said in a statement.

‘Pakistan Gate’ at Taftan, near the Pakistan-Iran border comprises two gates and is visible from a distance of two kilometres on both sides of the border, said ISPR.

The facility has offices of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Pakistan Customs and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and is equipped with CCTV cameras. Security is multi-tiered and is provided by Levies and the Frontier Corps.

The second phase will begin shortly, which will also include a rest area for pilgrims and other travellers going to Iran and coming back, added the ISPR statement.

A yard of the National Logistics Cell (NLC) will also be built to "manage commercial activities", the statement further added.

Earlier this year in June, Bab-i-Pakistan also known as Torkham Gate at the Pak-Afghan border was also inaugurated.

Work on the construction of the gate and allied facilities began in 2014, but Afghan reservations over border regulation kept causing delays.

Torkham border was closed for several days following deadly clashes between border guards of Pakistan and Afghanistan after the construction of a gate on the Pakistani side to control cross-border movement.

Besides the causalities, government buildings on both sides of the border were also damaged in the armed battle.