Pakistan reopens Afghan border for pedestrians


KARACHI:

Pakistan on Tuesday reopened a key border crossing with neighbouring Afghanistan for pedestrian motion, an official mentioned.

Torkham border – one of many two foremost crossings between the 2 neighbours – was closed by the Taliban on Monday after Islamabad rejected their demand for permitting all Afghan residents gathered on the border to enter the Pakistani facet.

According to Mansoor Arshad, the deputy commissioner of the Khyber district through which the Torkham border falls, the border has been reopened for stranded Afghan and Pakistani nationals to return to their respective international locations.

Hundreds of Afghan residents had gathered on the border on Monday to enter Pakistan after rumours that Islamabad has opened its border.

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Only those that require medical remedy are being allowed to enter Pakistan, other than the evacuees who’re going overseas.

Trade actions between the 2 sides have been happening easily.

Since August 15, when the Taliban took over the management of Kabul, over 30,000 Afghans returned to their homeland via the Torkham border from Pakistan and a few 4,000 entered Pakistan, in response to officers.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing factors – probably the most regularly used are Torkham and Chaman.

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