Pakistan Announces Immediate Reopening of Afghanistan Border
Islamabad, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered the immediate reopening of the border with Afghanistan, after more than a month closed as a result of several terrorist attacks in that country that Islamabad considered planned in the neighbor state.
The recent attacks were ordered by anti-Pakistani elements based in Afghanistan, but the decision to remove restrictions on the common border is based on the interest of our peoples and the economy, noted the head of government in a statement.
Sharif considered the measure a gesture of goodwill from his administration while calling on Kabul to take action against armed groups using their soil to attack Pakistan.
The Pakistani army closed the border on Feb. 16, hours after a suicide bombing in a Sufi temple in southern Sindh province that killed 90 people.
The situation paralyzed the trade and severe economic losses on both sides of the demarcation line.
In recent days, several business organizations, including the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries, urged the government to seek a solution.
According to the Dawn newspaper, business owners lost about $ 4 million a day because of the measure.
Islamabad government budget was also damaged by the border closure because each one of the 500 trucks that average crosses the border daily pays 10 thousand rupees (about 95 dollars).
One side or the other routinely interrupts Cross-border traffic, but it has never been so long, except in 2011.
On March 7 the Sharif, government opened the border for 48 hours to allow the return of the citizens who were on the other side to their respective countries.
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