PM orders to reopen Pak-Afghan border

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"The decision to re-open the border is being taken as closure of the border for a long time in the backdrop of religious, culture and historical ties between the two countries would not be in the interest of the people and the economy", said Sharif.

Calling it a "goodwill gesture", Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the opening of all the crossings along the boundary, considered the busiest and most lucrative border crossings in South Asia.

The busy border was closed last month for an indefinite period following a string of deadly militant attacks for which Pakistan accused terrorists hiding in Afghanistan. Sharif was quoted saying, A durable peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace and stability in the region.

The speakers urging the FATA parliamentarian said the FATA representatives should take up the issue with the high authorities of the government to reopen the Pak-Afghan border.

The Prime Minister reiterated that lasting peace was vital in Afghanistan for the peace and security of Paksitan.

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.

Earlier this month, Pakistan opened the crossings at Torkham and Chaman for two days amid rising concerns that continued closure could develop into a humanitarian crisis.

Chaudhary hoped that the recent meeting between Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Adviser and Afghan National Security Adviser in London would lead to closer coordination between the governments of two countries.

Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of the Afghan province of Nangarhar governor, said border talks are ongoing but the gates at Torkham haven't been opened yet.

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 global border. However, we also expect some amicable solution to the problems so that the two countries can resume trade.”.

Traders in both countries said they suffered millions of dollars' loss due to the closure of the border.

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