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Pakistan reopen Torkham, Chaman borders with Afghanistan for two days

Pakistan reopen Torkham, Chaman borders with Afghanistan for two days
March 06, 2017

PESHAWAR, 06 March: Pakistan has announced to temporary reopen borders at Torkham and Chaman for two days to facilitate Afghan nationals stranded for days to return to their country, Foreign Office (FO) said on Monday.

According to the statement released by the FO, the borders on both the crossings would be opened on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 7 and 8) to facilitate those Afghan nationals who had come to Pakistan on valid visas and are now returning home.

During the reopening of the border, the Pakistani nationals stranded in Afghanistan would also get opportunity to return to the country.

Pakistan announced the temporary reopening of the border following a meeting between Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Pakistan closed all is border crossings with Afghanistan following a series of suicide bombings in different cities some 20 days ago. The TTP’s splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar had accepted the responsibilities of the suicide bomb blasts. Pakistan had handed over a list of 76 militants to the Afghan government and asked it to handover them to Pakistan.

The closure of the borders crossing had caused huge monetary losses to the traders on both sides of the Durand Line besides creating hardships for general public in their cross-border movement.

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