File Photo: Afghan nationals entering Pakistan at Pak-Afghan border Chaman: Photo Quetta Voice

Pedestrian movement and trade resume at PakAfghan border Chaman

Sardar Muhammad Khondai :

CHAMAN: Pedestrians movement and trade activities resumed at Pak-Afghan border Chaman after a month’s closure on Tuesday. Crowds of people were seen on both sides of the border, anxiously waiting to cross the key border located between the two countries.

The border was reopened by the two countries after having successful negotiations on Monday evening. Officials from the countries had decided to reopen the border after a thorough discussion. “I am very happy about the reopening of the border”, Niamatullah Khan, an Afghan national said. Khan was driving a truck loaded with fresh fruits entering Pakistan. Chief Minister Balochistan, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has welcomed the reopening of the border between the two countries. In a statement, the CM termed it a positive stride towards boosting bilateral trade between the two neighboring countries.

Hundreds of trucks loaded with fresh fruits entered Pakistan

Hundreds of trucks loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables entered Pakistan. Similarly, hundreds of trucks loaded with commodities entered Afghanistan from Pakistan. “This is good for the economy of the two countries”, Jalat Khan Achakzai, a former office-bearer of the Chaman Chamber of Commerce said. Mr. Achakzai said the reopening the border would boost trade activities between the two countries. He said jobs of thousands of people were linked with border trade and its closure had severely affected the people.

People on both sides of the border were stranded for many days because of the closure of the border. Security remained tight at the border as trade and pedestrian movement was restored.

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