Pakistan PM orders reopening of Afghanistan border

  • Pakistan PM orders reopening of Afghanistan border

Pakistan PM orders reopening of Afghanistan border

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered to reopen the Pak-Afghan border immediately, according to local media reports.

Afghan Ambassador, Omar Zakhilwal, also urged the PM to re-open the border since it affected the interests and economies of both the countries.

The Prime Minister said that the decision was taken as a goodwill gesture as the countries enjoy "religious, cultural and historical ties", reported Dawn newspaper.

The Prime Minister reiterated his resolve to establish a strong partnership between Pakistan and Russian Federation in all fields, stating that this cooperation would positively contribute towards promoting peace and stability in the region.

"The recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan", Sharif said.

Despite sealing the Torkham and Chaman borders, the government temporarily opened the borders earlier in March to allow Afghan nationals to return to their country.

With traders resorting to the same routes as arms smugglers and insurgents to get perishable goods into Afghanistan, high food prices will remain high until Pakistan relents, Alokozay said. He said rising tensions between the two countries and the drawdown of US-led coalition forces had already caused a huge drop in exports to Afghanistan from $2.5 billion to $1.3 billion.

"We hope that the people of the two countries would be able to move freely between the to countries", the spokesman added. The situation paralyzed the trade and severe economic losses on both sides of the demarcation line.

Islamabad blamed terrorist sanctuaries on the Afghan side for plotting the attacks and demanded action against them.

Pakistani security sources said several Pakistani Taliban commanders were killed in a USA drone strike last week inside Afghanistan, though neither country has confirmed the attack. Pakistan's Zakaria told reporters in Islamabad on Thursday while he can't give a date for reopening of the border, the measure is "temporary".