Closure of Pak-Afghan Border is leading to Humanitarian Crisis, says Imran Khan



Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan, calling for cooperation from both sides on cross-border terrorism, has said that the closure of Pak-Afghan border has been building into a humanitarian crisis. He said that both of the governments need to cooperate constructively in dealing with cross-border terrorism effectively.

Chairman PTI took it to Twitter where he called for reopening of Pak-Afghan Border to mitigate suffering of ordinary people on both the sides. Imran Khan also urged the authorities to allow individuals with valid an authentic travel documents to pass through the border.

 

The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan was closed on 16th February, hours after following a bomb that exploded at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalanadar in interior Sindh leaving at least 85 people dead and more than 300 injured.

The suicide attack in shrine in Sehwan city of Sindh was a part of the deadly terror wave of attacks in the country and the fifth blast in less than a week targeting precious lives. Since then, the Pak-Afghan border has been closed due to security concerns and non-cooperation by Afghan authorities in processing and implementing an effective border management mechanism.

Terrorist Sanctuaries in Afghanistan

Earlier, Pakistan also raised concerns over terrorist sanctuaries and safe heavens within Afghanistan from where majority of last month’s attacks are believed to be executed. In February, Pakistan’s Diplomatic Officials summoned the Afghan Deputy Head of Mission to the Foreign Office to express their concerns over continuing attacks by terrorist outfit Jamaat-ul-Ahrar from its sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also had a telephonic conversation with Resolute Support Mission (RSM) Commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson on 17th February.  As per ISPR, COAS conveyed his concerns over continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan from Afghanistan.

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