Pak-Afghan border reopens after 32 days

ISLAMABAD: Pak-Afghan Torkham border was reopened on Tuesday after a span of 32 days.
The border at Torkham and Chaman was closed after a surge in terrorism incidents across the country for the past several months which claimed several lives.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the reopening of the Pak-Afghan border on Monday.
The border will remain open for all kinds of traffic and activities from 08.00 am to 05.00 pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST).
The prime minister stated that recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan.
PM Sharif stated, “The decision to re-open the border is being taken as closure of the border for a long time in the backdrop of religious, cultural and historical ties between the two countries would not be in the interest of the people and the economy.”
He added that decision to re-open the border is being taken as a goodwill gesture. He hoped that the Afghan Government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed.


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