Pakistan announced to provide the people of Afghanistan with $28 million immediate humanitarian aid and will ease travel and trade restrictions at its land crossings with Afghanistan.

The country’s Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi who was briefing media in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Friday, October 22 said that his visit to Kabul was positive.

Closure of the two crossing points-Torkham and Spin Boldak- and Pakistan-imposed restriction have been a hot topic in the past few weeks that adversely affected tens of thousands of people on both sides.

Qureshi announced significant policy changes at the crossings among them, free crossing to the holders of e-visa, remission of visa fees until December 31 and fee required for gate passes, and providing on-arrival visas for those who seek medical care in Pakistan.

In the meantime, border crossing hours increased to 12 hours from 8 and trade corridor to 24 hours.

“Afghan traders were facing a lot of problems, now we will provide them with a 30-day visa on arrival, we have formed a group to examine the reduction or removal of duties on Afghan fresh fruits and vegetables.” Said Qureshi.

The Pakistani FM added that security concerns were also discussed with the Afghan delegation in Kabul and they were assured not to led Afghan soil be used against any other country.

He had also reminded the Afghan delegation about the international community’s expectations from them which include respect to human and women’s rights, inclusivity of government, and reduction of space to international terrorists.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.