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Pakistan temporarily reopens its border with Afghanistan

Pakistan shut the two main crossings three weeks ago after a wave of suicide bombings that authorities said was linked to Islamic militants from Afghanistan.

world Updated: Mar 07, 2017 19:35 IST
Pakistan security personnel look on as travellers wait to cross the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Chaman on January 7.
Pakistan security personnel look on as travellers wait to cross the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Chaman on January 7.(AFP File Photo)

Pakistani officials say authorities have temporarily reopened the two main border crossings with Afghanistan after the closure of the border last month following a string of deadly militant attacks.

They say all those with valid travel documents will be allowed to cross on Tuesday and on Wednesday through the Torkham crossing in the northwest or the Chaman in the southwest.

They two are major arteries for trade and commerce between the two neighbours. Other crossings are less in use and will remain closed.

The measure is aimed at easing tensions between the two countries and the backlog of people and vehicles trying to cross over.

Pakistan shut the two main crossings three weeks ago after a wave of suicide bombings that authorities said was linked to Islamic militants from Afghanistan.