Pakistan-Afghanistan border opens for cargo trucksChristian Fernsby ▼ | April 10, 2020
After weeks of closure, two main crossing points for bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan were opened on Friday.
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“The crossing points would remain open three days a week, and trucks would be allowed after passing through certain safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” he said.
Earlier this week, Aisha Farooqui, spokesperson for Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, announced that the move was "based on humanitarian considerations," and "in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan at this time of global pandemic."
"It has been decided to facilitate movement of cargo trucks and containers to cross-over into Afghanistan through Torkham and Chaman border crossing points thrice a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from April 10," she said in a statement.
The war-torn country has reported 521 confirmed virus cases, with a total of 15 deaths and 32 recoveries.
In Pakistan, at least 4,600 people have tested positive while 66 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally. Over 700 have regained health.
Both the states have imposed partial lockdowns, directing people to stay home as much as possible. ■