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PM orders immediate reopening of Pak-Afghan border

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday issued orders to immediately re-open Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The decision was taken as a goodwill gesture as both countries share religious, cultural and historical relations, PM House statement said.

PM said, recent incidents of terrorism were traced back to anti-Pakistan elements present in Afghanistan. However, he expressed hope that Afghan government would take measures to address the reason for which the Durand Line was closed.

The statement further read, Pakistan has reiterated time and again that lasting peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and security in Pakistan.

It added, Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eradicate the menace of terrorism from the two countries.

Pakistan 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 which was the 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.

However, on March 7, border crossings at Torkham, Khyber Agency and Chaman, Balochistan were reopened temporarily 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.

Pakistan authorities repeatedly talked about terrorists sanctuaries present in Afghanistan, from where majority of the attacks were being coordinated. Pakistani troops also carried out several strikes across the border killing several terrorists.