Pakistan wants to address issues with neighbours peacefully: Nawaz Sharif

20 de marzo de 2017, 10:27Islamabad, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered the immediate reopening of the border with Afghanistan, after more than a month closed as a result of several terrorist attacks in that country that Islamabad considered planned in the neighbor state.

Afghan Ambassador, Omar Zakhilwal, also urged the PM to re-open the border since it affected the interests and economies of both the countries.

The prime minister ordered the authorities to reopen the border immediately as a gesture of goodwill while keeping in sight the businesses affected.

Pakistan shut the crossings last month after a spate of attacks it blamed on militants from over the border.

The statement added that PM Nawaz Sharif hopes that the Afghan government would take measures to address the reasons for which the border was closed.

On March 7 the Sharif, government opened the border for 48 hours to allow the return of the citizens who were on the other side to their respective countries.

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

The Prime Minister reiterated that lasting peace was vital in Afghanistan for the peace and security of Paksitan. He said rising tensions between the two countries and the drawdown of US-led coalition forces had already caused a huge drop in exports to Afghanistan from $2.5 billion to $1.3 billion.

Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of the Afghan province of Nangarhar governor, said border talks are ongoing but the gates at Torkham haven't been opened yet.

He said that hundreds of local clearing agents exclusively relied on bilateral trade with Afghanistan via Torkham border and they had incurred financial losses since the closure of border. Clashes between PakisÂtani and Afghan security forces over the construction of the border gate past year left four soldiers dead on both sides, said the report.

  • Elsie Buchanan