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Published On: Mon, Mar 20th, 2017

Nawaz Sharif Orders Immediate Opening of Pak-Afghan Routes Along Durand Line

nsnbc : Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Shrif has ordered for an immediate opening of the routes and border crossings located along the Durand Line connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif_Pakistan_2016_(archives)The Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan issued a statement noting that Nawaz Sharif decided to immediately reopen routes and crossings along the Duran Line between Afghanistan and Pakistan as “a sign of goodwill”.

The Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal confirmed that the routes will be fully reopened today, citing the commitments given to him by foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz.

Zakhilwal also said that an agreement was reached during the trilateral meeting in London last Thursday regarding the reopening of the routes and the bilateral efforts were underway since then between Kabul and Islamabad.

Pakistan closed all travel routes between the two countries last month following a series of deadly attacks in the country. Pakistani officials claimed that the attacks were plotted and carried out by the militants stationed inside the Afghan soil. The decision was particularly taken after a deadly suicide attack rocked the Sehwan city of Pakistan, leaving over 70 people dead and scores of others wounded.

F/AK – nsnbc 20.03.2017

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