Pak-Afghan border reopens after 18 days

Islamabad: After 18 days, authorities have decided to reopen sealed border crossings with Afghanistan for two days in order to facilitate people having valid visas stranded on both sides of Durand Line to move into their native countries.

The border crossings at Torkham, Khyber Agency and Chaman, Balochistan will remain open on March 7 and 8 as decided by the Government of Pakistan.

Pakisatn closed the Durand Line on February 16, hours after a massive blast hit the shrine of Sufi Saint Lal Shahbzaz Qalanadar in Sehwan Sharif, Jamshoro District of  Sindh, leaving 88 people dead.

This was the fifth blast within a week and part of deadly terror wave which killed over 120 innocents, including Lahore blast. Pakistan accused Afghanistan of providing sanctuaries to militants who carried out these attacks.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has conveyed the decision to the Afghan ambassador via telephone call, adding, all concerned at the two crossing points have also been informed.