Pak-Iran border reopens amid food shortage

People living in border towns totally rely on businesses providing food that is transported through Iran


​ Our Correspondent April 29, 2020
PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: After one and a half month’s hiatus following the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, the federal government on Monday reopened Pakistan-Iran border at Taftan to restore food supply for people living in border towns.

The Interior Ministry allowed resumption of activities through five points of the border towns – Chagai, Washuk, Panjgur, Kech and Gwadar.

People living in border towns totally rely on businesses providing food that is transported through Iran. Therefore, to avoid shortage of food in the border towns, the federal government decided to open the border.

Gwadar DC Captain (retd) Mohammad Waseem said Pak-Iran border was partially opened to overcome food shortage in the border towns. Following the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Iran, the government had suspended trade activities and movement through Iran border since April 13.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2020.

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