Pakistani PM Orders Reopening Of Border With Afghanistan

Afghanistan needs political solution Aizaz

Afghanistan needs political solution Aizaz

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the country's two main border crossings with Afghanistan to reopen immediately.

According to Express News, the premier ordered authorities to reopen the border as a gesture of goodwill.

Pakistan opened all border crossings with landlocked Afghanistan for travelers and trade convoys Monday, a month after closing them on grounds terrorists were using Afghan soil for plotting deadly attacks against the country.

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

Britain hosted Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz and Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar on Thursday to defuse tensions between the two uneasy neighbours.

The Prime Minister hoped that the Afghan government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed by Pakistan.

While Pakistan has cracked down on some militants in recent years, the Taliban and Haqqani Network still use bases in Pakistan to launch attacks in Afghanistan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan told the U.S. Senate last month.

The two nations are divided by the Durand Line, a 2,400-kilometre (1,500-mile) frontier drawn by the British in 1896 and disputed by Kabul, which does not officially recognise it as an worldwide border.

"We hope that trade and business will flourish without any further interruptions", he added.

On the call of all Torkham custom clearance agents of Torkham, a large number of custom agents, traders, transporters and political party leaders gathered at Landiktoal bazaar and hold protest demonstration demanding the immediate reopening of Torkham border.

Pakistan sealed the Torkham and Chaman crossings on February 16, after a string of suicide attacks killed more than 130 people across the country, blaming the violence on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and other armed groups.

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