World News

Sharif orders immediate reopening of Pak-Afghan border

Sharif hoped the Afghan Government would take measures to eliminate terrorists present on their soil.

Published: 20th March 2017 06:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2017 06:05 PM   |  A+A-


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the reopening of the Pak-Afghan border with immediate effect as a goodwill gesture, considering the two countries’ religious, cultural and historical relations.

Sharif hoped the Afghan Government would take measures to eliminate terrorists present on their soil.

“A durable peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace and stability in the region,” he said.

Sharif asserted that prolonged closure of the Pak-Afghan border was against the interests of the people and the economy of the two countries.

Pakistan had closed the border last month post a string of deadly militant attacks, which the military leadership claimed, were carried out by militants operating from safe havens in Afghanistan.
However, Pakistan temporarily opened border crossings with Afghanistan at Torkham and Chaman on March 7 and 8 to allow people, visiting the two counties on valid visas, to return. 

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.