File Photo: Afghan women, children leaving for Afghanistan at Pak-Afghan border Chaman on Tuesday: Photo Syed Sardar Muhammad Khondai

Syed Sardar Muhammad Khondai:

As a goodwill gesture to facilitate Afghan nationals, Pakistan has opened the Pak-Afghan border Chaman on Tuesday morning. The border would remain open for one day to allow Afghans to enter into their country.

A large number of Afghans including women and children entered Afghanistan at the Friendship gate. For the first time, the border was opened after an untoward incident that claimed three precious human lives and 20 were injured a few days back.

Strict security measures were adopted by the authorities to maintain the order during the opening of the border. “I am very happy after opening the border”, Ezatullah, an Afghan national leaving for his country at the border said. The Afghan nationals reached Chaman from Quetta, Pishin and other parts of the country to leave for their country. “We have been waiting for opening of the border”, Asmat Khan, another Afghan refugee who was carrying a heavy bag said.

Similarly, the Pakistani nationals who were stranded in Afghanistan as a result of the closure of border also heaved a sigh of relief. Pakistani authorities had closed the border with Afghanistan on March 2nd this year to halt the spread of novel coronavirus.

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