In order to allow cross-border trade that has been at halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan has opened its border with Afghanistan. Earlier, Islamabad had already opened borders with Iran.
Pakistan opened its third border check point with Afghanistan on June 21, so as to facilitate bilateral trade. Earlier, in the month of May when the country started easing the coronavirus lockdown measures, it opened terminals at Torkham and Chaman for transit trade and exports.
Trucks carrying fruits, vegetables and other items will start crossing the Ghulam Khan border in north-western North Waziristan district from June 22.
In an official statement, the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said, “It has been decided that with effect from June 22, 2020 the third border terminal at Ghulam Khan will be opened for bilateral trade.”
The statement added that the border point will remain open six days a week and Saturdays have been reserved for pedestrian movement. It added that the earlier trade activities between the two countries will continue at the Torkham and Chaman border terminals.
From the end of March, due to the coronavirus pandemic all security points between Afghanistan and Pakistan were closed to stem the spread of the virus.
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