Amid Coronavirus outbreak, Pakistan opens border with Afghanistan to permit flow of goods
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reopened its border with Afghanistan on Saturday so that trucks can transport food and essentials as part of transit trade in Afghanistan, customs officials said.
The cross-border movement of trucks took place the day after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the opening of the Chaman-Spinboldak border “to support our Afghan brothers and sisters,” related to the corona virus pandemic.
In the first phase, 50 trucks with fresh fruit and vegetables came to Afghanistan after customs control.
Officials said the cleaning process was completed late Friday.
It is worth noting that Pakistan closed the Chaman border on March 1 to curb the spread of the new corona virus.
All cross-border movements have been suspended because Islamabad has made unsuccessful efforts to search for travelers for the virus.
On Friday, the Prime Minister ordered the Chaman-Spinboldak border to be opened in support of war-torn Afghanistan.
“Despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, we remain committed to supporting our Afghan brothers and sisters. I have given instructions to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border and let trucks crossover into Afghanistan. In this time of crisis, we remain steadfast with Afghanistan,” PM Imran said in a tweet.