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Torkham border reopened after 32 days

Torkham border reopened after 32 days
March 21, 2017

LANDI KOTAL, 21 March: The Pak-Afghan border crossing at Torkhm in Khyber Agency has been reopened on Tuesday morning after it remained closed for more than a month.

On Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the immediate reopening of the border as a goodwill gesture.

According to officials at the Torkham gate, the cross border movement of vehicles has also resumed and the stranded trucks started rolling across the border.

Dozens of Afghan nationals having valid passports and visas who were stranded in Pakistan due to the closure of the gate are being allowed to go to their country.

Pakistan on February 16, unilaterally closed all border crossings with Afghanistan following a deadly suicide bomb blast in Sehwan last month, in which at least 88 people were killed and more than 100 were injured. The blast was said to be planned and carried out by Afghanistan-based terrorists.

General public particularly those associated with the business of transport have expressed jubilation over the reopening of the border.

Traders and many other people having businesses near the border said that they were hand to mouth for the last one month and were facing multiple problems.

Thousands of loaded vehicles were stranded on both sides of the border and waiting for the reopening of the gate.

“We wish it never happens again in future,” said transporter Haji Saqib while talking to TNN.

“If any issue arises between the two countries, they should resolve it through dialogue and table talk,” he urged.

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