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Pakistan reopens Chaman, Torkham borders to resume trade with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has announced that it has reopened the western border with Afghanistan after keeping it closed for 72 days over fears that traffic would spread the coronavirus.
A notification issued by the Interior Ministry on Saturday said both the Chaman and Torkham borders will remain open for six days a week to resume bilateral trade between the countries.
The border will remain closed for trade on Saturdays, but the pedestrian movement will be allowed. Vehicles and people involved in cross-border business have been directed to follow the SOPs to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Pakistan is gradually moving towards the resumption of businesses despite increasing cases of the virus. It has partially resumed domestic flight operations, allowed provinces to resume public transport and reopen major shopping malls as well.
The country has recorded nearly 40,000 coronavirus cases and 830 fatalities so far. Doctors warn that the infections will exponentially increase if people don’t remain indoors.

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