Pakistan has announced that it will open its land border with Afghanistan for passengers, and transfer of goods from the country.
Mohammad Sadiq Pakistan’s special envoy to Afghanistan said in a tweet Monday night, that “All border terminals with Afghanistan located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Torkham, will be opened for pedestrian traffic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Will fully revert to pre-Corona schedule shortly. Officials at the border crossings are being informed.”
The Pakistani government blocked all transit routes and public transportation after the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“At the request of the Afghanistan government, Pakistan opened five border crossing-points for facilitating transit trade, bilateral trade, and pedestrian movement, the Foreign Minister also highlighted the USD 1 billion development and capacity-building assistance that Pakistan has extended to support reconstruction and economic development in Afghanistan,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
This comes in as Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for Nation Reconciliation, traveled to Pakistan on Monday at the official invitation of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
During his three-day visit, the chairman of HCNR will discuss the Afghan peace process and bilateral co-operation with Pakistani governmental officials.