Pakistan on Saturday reopened its border with Afghanistan to permit the crossing over of vans carrying meals and important items beneath the Afghan Transit Commerce, customs officers knowledgeable on Saturday.
The cross-border motion of vans got here a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan had introduced the opening of the Chaman-Spinboldak border “to support our Afghan brothers and sisters” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Within the first part, 50 vans with contemporary fruit and veggies entered Afghanistan after clearance from customs officers.
The officers mentioned that the clearance course of was accomplished late on Friday.
It’s pertinent to say right here that Pakistan had sealed the Chaman border on March 1 so as to include the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
All cross-border motion was suspended as Islamabad made hectic efforts to display screen vacationers for the virus.
The prime minister had given instructions on Friday to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border as a gesture of assist to war-torn Afghanistan.
“Despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, we remain committed to supporting our Afghan brothers and sisters. I have given instructions to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border and let trucks crossover into Afghanistan. In this time of crisis, we remain steadfast with Afghanistan,” PM Imran mentioned in a tweet.
Ex-Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah thanked PM Imran
Ex-Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah had thanked PM Imran for retaining the Chaman-Boldak border open.
“I thank PM Imran and Pakistan government for accepting our people and traders’ call to keep the Chaman-Boldak border open for the flow of foodstuff and key commodities at this critical time,” Abdullah had tweeted.
The prime minister’s determination was considered with apprehension as Pakistan witnessed larger variety of coronavirus circumstances after pilgrims from Iran entered the nation through Taftan border. The variety of confirmed circumstances in Pakistan crossed 500 on Saturday after Sindh reported extra circumstances amongst zaireen quarantined in Sukkur.