ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Army has announced to close the Pak-Afghan border in order to streamline the border management system, local media reported.

On March 20, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered the immediate reopening of Pak-Afghan border that was closed in the aftermath of a recent string of terror attacks in the country.

In his statement, the Prime Minister had expressed that the border was being reopened as a goodwill gesture. He hoped that Kabul administration would address the grievances cited for the closure of border.

The border at Torkham had been closed on February 16 after a suicide bomber ripped through devotees at Lal Shehbaz Qalandar shrine. Afghanistan-based Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar had claimed responsibility for major attacks in the country.