People throng Torkham as border reopens for two days

Published: March 7, 2017
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A border police personnel provides water to an Afghan child who returned home after remaining stranded for 18 days. PHOTO: TWITTER/@pajhwok

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.

PHOTO: TWITTER/@DawarSafdar

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.

PHOTO: TWITTER/@DawarSafdar

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.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • XoF
    Mar 7, 2017 - 10:15PM

    Sad for the common man but hope they hypocrytic Afghan govt knows what Pakistan means and is to them instead of fantasizing and inclining towards enemies and hostile parties.Recommend

  • Rahib
    Mar 7, 2017 - 10:44PM

    we are witnessing the humiliation of Pakhtuns by the hands of the world most low class people. lest we forget!Recommend

  • Asadullah Mahmood
    Mar 8, 2017 - 12:27AM

    @Rahib:
    We are not “world most low class people”. If we were we could have done this a long time back. Do not forget our hospitality and out of the way accommodation for your interests. You people happen to be the most ungrateful people on earth.Recommend

  • Asadullah Mahmood
    Mar 8, 2017 - 12:30AM

    So the Afgan boy shown in the picture did not have any water during being stranded for twenty days. This is not possible. The picture is a deliberate attempt to malign Pakistan. Stop this unnecessary negative propaganda against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asadullah Mahmood
    Mar 8, 2017 - 12:49AM

    Afghan News choreographed the entire picture for propaganda purposes, as the boy could not have remained without water for 18 days stranded in Pakistan. And, ET should not have been an accomplice. Sorry.Recommend

  • junglee
    Mar 8, 2017 - 1:43AM

    @Rahib:
    I think you would prefer humiliation from the Sikhs as in the past, right ? Recommend

  • Saghri Khattak
    Mar 8, 2017 - 2:03AM

    @Rahib…..you said it all. This world low class is quite lucky since last 70 years.Recommend

  • Polpatti
    Mar 8, 2017 - 2:03PM

    @Asadullah Mahmood:
    Article says the boy was stranded. It did not say boy was starving. Please improve your english. Thank you.Recommend

  • Asadullah Mahmood
    Mar 8, 2017 - 9:28PM

    @Polpatti:
    It is not English, my dear. It is the picture which creates a wrong impression. Try to get the drift.Recommend

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