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Durand Line closed at Torkham for a fortnight

16 Mar 2020 - 08:52
16 Mar 2020 - 08:52

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan at Torkham for a fortnight in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

A notification from Khyber deputy commissioner’s (DC) office announced the closure of the Durand Line in compliance with the National Security Committee (NSC) decision.

The decision was taken at an NSC meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by cabinet ministers, as well as heads of the armed force.

In Islamabad, the Interior Ministry confirmed Pakistan’s borders with Iran and Afghanistan had been sealed for a fortnight in the best interests of the three brotherly countries.

Before the Torkham border crossing was shut, around 50,000 Afghan citizens and hundreds of truckers were allowed to cross into Afghanistan.

Similarly, a large number of Pakistani nationals were also allowed to move across the frontier.

According to the Khyber administration, imports and exports will remain suspended for two weeks. However, seriously ill Afghans could enter Pakistan.

Quarantine centers have been set up on the Pakistan side of Torkham and in Landikotal. Army doctors were on standby in Landikotal and Peshawar to assist suspected coronavirus patients.

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