Pakistan shuts down border with Afghanistan

ISPR says border closed with immediate effect till further orders due to security reasons

Abuzar Afridi February 17, 2017
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

LANDI KOTAL: Minutes after the army chief vowed to respond to the recent wave of terror in the country, security forces closed the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan for all sorts of communication indefinitely.

“The Pakistan-Afghanistan border closed with immediate effect till further orders due to security reasons,” ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted shortly after Gen Qamar’s statement.

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Speaking to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, a top security official said the decision to close the border was taken in a high-level meeting on Thursday.

“The border will remain closed for all sorts of trade, transport and people crossing over to both sides,” the official said. He added that the border will now only be reopened after thorough consultation with civil and military authorities.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2017.


Sajid Ansari | 6 years ago | Reply Pakistan should ban all sorts of exports particularly all food items to Afghanistan and the smugglers of food stuff be given exemplary punishment. The Afghan government will come down to their a month. They should better import all food stuff from India.
omx | 7 years ago | Reply @Irfan: Mexico isn't attacking the US. Out with these thankless Afghanis. Maybe they should seek asylum in India instead.
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