Pakistan to open border with Afghanistan for two days

Pakistan to open border with Afghanistan for two days

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz also conveyed the decision to Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal over the phone.

A Taliban faction claimed responsibility for the raid, saying it was part of a campaign launched last month to target "enemies of Islam" across Pakistan. Channel 24Pak reported that he said "India has outsourced the task of terrorism in Pakistan to those sitting in Afghanistan".

In February, the two countries exchanged lists of fighters they believed to be residing in each other's countries. "United States citizens should avoid travel to Afghanistan, as no region in the country is immune from violence", it said further. "We want to send the message of peace and friendship of Afghanistan to India and Pakistan", head of the group said.

The border closure has left thousands of civilians stranded on both sides and brought cross-border trade to a halt.

"Terrorists are common threat and must be denied freedom of movement/action along the border", the Pakistani army's press wing said in a statement.

Bajwa called on the Afghan government to instill physical military operations "matching [the Pakistani side] and effective border security".

Gohar said the closure of the border could not stop movement of terrorists.

According to officials, as many as 12,549 people crossed over to Afghanistan at Torkham amid tight security while 470 entered Pakistan from the neighbouring country.

There are other crossings which are less in use and which will remain closed.

Several stranded Afghans started returning to the country as the two key crossings along the Durand Line were reopened after nearly eighteen days.

They were speaking at the "Afghanistan-Pakistan Bilateral (Track II/I.5) Dialogue" held under the theme: "In Pursuit of an Elusive Peace - A diversity of challenges, a bouquet of opportunities".