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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif orders immediate reopening of border with Afghanistan

In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered the immediate reopening of the border with Afghanistan to facilitate the movement of Afghan citizens and resumption of lucrative cross-border trade.

The Prime Minister also hoped that the Afghan government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed by Pakistan.

He said recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan.

According to an official statement, Sharif also said that he reiterated time and again that durable peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and security in Pakistan.

He said Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the two countries.

The busy border was closed last month for indefinite period following a string of deadly militant attacks for which Pakistan accused terrorists hiding in Afghanistan.

The border remained shut except its temporary opening for two days to let more than 50,000 stranded people cross over.

Since then, traders have complained of daily losses and prices of goods imported from Pakistan rose sharply in Afghanistan.

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