ISLAMABAD – On Monday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the immediate reopening of Pak-Afghan border that was closed in the aftermath of a recent string of terror attacks in the country.
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In his statement the Prime Minister 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 was 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.
Pakistan also targeted terrorists hideouts on Pak-Afghan border to convey a message of zero tolerance regarding the use of Afghan soil against Pakistan.
Moreover, Islamabad had handed Afghanistan a list of 76 wanted terrorists believed to be hiding across the border. but Kabul rejected the allegations and insisted that Pakistan should reopen the key crossings between the two neighbors.