Pak-Afghan border at Torkham reopens after 32 days

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The Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham reopened on Tuesday after it remained sealed for 32 days in wake of re-emergence of clouds of terror in Pakistan.

Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif had announced the immediate reopening of Pak-Afghan border on Monday in a statement that declared it a “gesture of goodwill”.

The premier had ordered the authorities to reopen the border but maintain strict vigilance of the people travelling between the two countries.

He said that Pakistan is coordinating with Afghanistan and holding discussions to eliminate the use of Afghan soil for cross-border terrorism.

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal had stated earlier this month that the border was closed without providing adequate reasons. “It will be the right message if Your Excellency instructs an immediate opening of our formal trade and transit routes between our two brotherly countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he had said at the ECO summit.

Afghanistan did not participate at the highest level in the ECO Summit amid tensions with Pakistan and assigned its ambassador to represent the country.

The Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham reopened on Tuesday after it remained sealed for 32 days in wake of re-emergence of clouds of terror in Pakistan.

Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif had announced the immediate reopening of Pak-Afghan border on Monday in a statement that declared it a “gesture of goodwill”.

The premier had ordered the authorities to reopen the border but maintain strict vigilance of the people travelling between the two countries.

He said that Pakistan is coordinating with Afghanistan and holding discussions to eliminate the use of Afghan soil for cross-border terrorism.

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal had stated earlier this month that the border was closed without providing adequate reasons. “It will be the right message if Your Excellency instructs an immediate opening of our formal trade and transit routes between our two brotherly countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he had said at the ECO summit.

Afghanistan did not participate at the highest level in the ECO Summit amid tensions with Pakistan and assigned its ambassador to represent the country.

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