Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский      Azerice      Kurdî      Türkçe  
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 30/03/2017 03:52 
20.03.2017 13:13 News >> Update - Pakistan Reopens Border With Afghanistan After 1 Month

Update - Pakistan Reopens Border With Afghanistan After 1 Month

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced the reopening of Pakistan's border with Afghanistan after a month-long closure due to rise in tensions between the two neighboring countries.

In a statement Monday, Sharif said his government had taken the "goodwill gesture" keeping in view the better interests of both countries.

The move came after three-day long talks between Pakistani Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, which were brokered by the U.K. in London last week aimed at quelling tensions between the two neighbors.

The premier said the border's closure went against "people and economic interests" on both sides.

Sharif hoped the Afghan government would address the reasons that led to the closure of the border.

There was an immediate sense of relief on the Afghan side, particularly among traders and transporters following Sharif's announcement.

Samiuddin Aabid, an Afghan transporter who rushed to the Torkham-Landi Kotal crossing after hearing the news, told Anadolu Agency he and thousands of other transporters had literally gone out of business following the closure.

"This [closure of the crossing points] does not benefit anyone, I received so many calls since morning from people who wished to go to Pakistan for medical treatment, meet their relatives and so on, the crossing point will be jam packed for some days now," Aabid said.

Khan Jan Alokozay, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries' deputy president, said the closure had inflicted daily losses of approximately $4 million, with Pakistani traders bearing the brunt of it.

He said Pakistan remains a trade-worthy partner despite Afghanistan being able to diversify its global trade routes.

On Feb. 17, Pakistan unilaterally closed its border with Afghanistan, commonly known as the Durand Line, "due to security reasons" following a spate of terror attacks, including a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistani town of Sehwan that left 90 people dead.

Pakistani officials, including military high-ups blamed the attacks on "Afghanistan-based terrorists".

Islamabad had reopened border crossings in between for two days -- on March 7 and 8 -- "to provide an opportunity to such hundreds of civilians stranded on both sides of the border".

Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing points -- the most commonly used ones are Torkham and Chaman.

Afghanistan does not recognize the Durand Line -- a 2,640-kilometer (1,640-mile) long border, which was established in 1893 in line with an agreement between India under British colonial rule, and Abdur Rahman Khan, the then ruler of Afghanistan. -



        Latest News
Turkish Company To Build Maldives' Largest Mosque 42 minutes ago...
Vehicle Bomb Attack Kills 15 İn Baghdad 27 minutes ago...
Android's App Store To Top Apple's 27 minutes ago...
Update 2 - UK Triggers Article 50, Officially Starts Brexit 42 minutes ago...
Fbı Probing Network Of Gulen-Linked Schools: Report 42 minutes ago...

 
      Top News
End Of Euphrates Shield, Says Turkish Security Council End Of Euphrates Shield, Says Turkish Security Council
Jailed Egyptian Ex-President Requests Judges' Recusal Jailed Egyptian Ex-President Requests Judges' Recusal
Yemen Has Received Only 7% Of Needed Relief Funds: Un Yemen Has Received Only 7% Of Needed Relief Funds: Un
Eu Blocks Stock Exchange Merger Amid 'Monopoly' Fears Eu Blocks Stock Exchange Merger Amid 'Monopoly' Fears
Update - Arab League Summit Opens İn Jordan Update - Arab League Summit Opens İn Jordan
4 Kenyans Among 6 Aid Workers Killed İn South Sudan 4 Kenyans Among 6 Aid Workers Killed İn South Sudan
Update - White House Under Lockdown After Package Found Update - White House Under Lockdown After Package Found
Anadolu Agency Rejects Referendum Manipulation Claims Anadolu Agency Rejects Referendum Manipulation Claims
US Stock Market Opens Higher US Stock Market Opens Higher
Kosovo Eyes Turkish Support Over Creation Of Army Kosovo Eyes Turkish Support Over Creation Of Army