People throng Torkham as border reopens for two days

The border was reopened after numerous requests by Afghan authorities, saying closure was creating humanitarian crisis

News Desk March 07, 2017
A border police personnel provides water to an Afghan child who returned home after remaining stranded for 18 days. PHOTO: TWITTER/@pajhwok

Throngs of people were witnessed on the Pak-Afghan border after it was opened for two days on Tuesday following repeated requests by Afghanistan's government to avert 'a humanitarian crisis.'

Hundreds of Afghan nationals could be seen waiting for their turn at the Torkham border to return back to their country.

On Monday, authorities decided to open Pak-Afghan border crossings for two days in order to facilitate nationals of both the countries.


In its statement, the Foreign Office said that "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 and 8."

Pakistan to reopen sealed Afghan border for 2 days

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


The decision was also conveyed by Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to the Afghan ambassador by telephone.

The border was 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.


Asadullah Mahmood | 4 years ago | Reply @Polpatti: It is not English, my dear. It is the picture which creates a wrong impression. Try to get the drift.
Polpatti | 4 years ago | Reply @Asadullah Mahmood: Article says the boy was stranded. It did not say boy was starving. Please improve your english. Thank you.
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