21 March 2017

News Story: Pakistan’s PM Orders Immediate Re-Opening Of Torkham

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered the immediate re-opening of Torkham, Spin Boldak and other gates that were closed in the aftermath of recent “terrorist” attacks in the country, Pakistani media reported.

Sharif said in a statement that the border was being re-opened as “a goodwill gesture.”

He said he hoped the Afghan government would address the grievances cited for the closure of border.

The Torkham and Spin Boldak gates were closed on February 16 after a suicide attack at Lal Shehbaz Qalandar shrine that killed 75 people and injured hundreds others.

Pakistan authorities claimed the attack on the shrine was planned in Afghanistan.

Following the attack, Pakistan launched missile attacks on the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, leaving hundreds of families homeless.

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