Pak-Afghan Ghulam Khan border crossing reopens for trade

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan-Afghanistan Ghulam Khan border crossing in North Waziristan reopened on Monday after remaining closed for three months.

The transportation of goods vehicles has resumed under the coronavirus SOPs, according to Tehsildar Ghaniur Rehman.

All arrangements have been made at the border crossing to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, he said.

Pakistan closed its border with Iran and Afghanistan in early March amid fears of coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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North Waziristan Deputy Commissioner Shahid Ali said the decision to reopen the border crossing was made after successful talks with Afghan officials late Sunday.

Under the new arrangement, people from both sides could travel through the border crossing on one specific day of the week, according to DC Ali. Goods vehicles would be allowed on the remaining days.

Trader fraternity welcomed the resumption of bilateral trade. They said people on either side of the border are dependent on it.

They expect their difficulties would reduce after resumption of trade activities at the Ghulam Khan border crossing.

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