Pakistan to reopen sealed Afghan border for 2 days

Published: March 6, 2017

Authorities have decided to open Pak-Afghan border crossings for two days in order to facilitate nationals of both the countries.

“In order to provide an opportunity to those nationals of Afghanistan who had come to Pakistan on valid visas, and wish to return to their country, the Government of Pakistan has decided to open the border crossings at Torkham and Chaman on March 7 & 8,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Monday.

The crossing points, the Foreign Office added, will also be opened for those Pakistani nationals who went to Afghanistan on valid visas and wish to return.

Afghan general urges reopening of border

The announcement came following numerous requests by Afghan authorities to reopen the border, saying it was creating a humanitarian crisis.

The crossing points were sealed after a series of bomb blasts and suicide attacks rocked the country, killing over 100 people last month. Pakistan accused Afghanistan of harbouring the militants who carried out the attacks.

The decision was conveyed by Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to the Afghan ambassador by telephone. “All concerned at the two crossing points have also been informed,” the communiqué added.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Shah
    Mar 6, 2017 - 9:18PM

    Why ??? Dont open border… Let these crooks Afghans go thru their new father’s house, Delhi; Unless they hand over 76 persons who were on the list given to them, dont open border; Constipation opens the mind; Let them constipate, they will come to their senses; Recommend

  • Nayab Afzal
    Mar 7, 2017 - 12:40AM

    thanks pak government its very right decision for preventing loss of both coutries very happy thanks once again pak goverment love pakistan …Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Mar 7, 2017 - 1:28AM

    Commendable move. This should thaw down the temperature.Recommend

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