Pak-Afghan border reopened after 32 days

Islamabad: Pakistan has reopened its border with Afghanistan on Tuesday; activities have resumed between two countries after 32 days.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered the immediate opening of crossing with neighbouring country as a gesture of goodwill.

The border crossings at Torkham, Khyber Agency and Chaman, Balochistan were closed last in February, last month, after a terrible wave of terrorist attacks which killed about 130 people in Pakistan.

These militant violence activities were claimed by the terrorists whose hideouts were present in Afghanistan.

The prime minister ordered reopening of Durand Line focusing historical relations between two countries sharing religious, cultural values.

The closure of the border was hurting the common man and also affecting the economic activities.

Recent incidents of terrorism were traced back to anti-Pakistan elements present in Afghanistan, reads PM house statement of Monday. Adding, however, he expressed hope that Afghan government would take measures to address the reason for which the Durand Line was closed.

Border crossings at Torkham and Chaman were briefly opened on March 7 for the period of two days. The action was taken to allow both nationals, who were stranded across the border line, to move to their native lands.

Last week, a meeting was held in London between officials of two countries which concluded positively, after which Pakistan announced reopening its boundary line with Afghanistan.