Pakistan shuts Torkham border to stem Covid-19 spread

11:35 AM | 6 Jul, 2021
Pakistan shuts Torkham border to stem Covid-19 spread
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has closed a key southwestern crossing point with Afghanistan, saying the closure is meant to prevent the spread of novel Covid-19 in light of the country’s top monitoring body.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Tuesday announced that cross-border movement at Torkham has come to a halt as the crossing was closed to control the spread of novel virus from the neighboring countries on the instructions of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

Taking it to Twitter, the Interior Minister wrote ‘On the advice of the NCOC all types of immigration departure and arrival will be closed from today at Torkham Border till the fresh guidelines of NCOC.’

Amid a recent spike in covid cases in Afghanistan, Rashid announced that the main Durand Line crossing would stay shut till fresh guidelines from the country’s nerve center on novel disease.

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