The prime minister said that the two countries share religious, cultural and historical relations and hoped the Afghan government would take measures to eliminate the reasons for which the borders were closed in the beginning of this month. A durable peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace and stability in the region, Sharif said. The premier was of the view that the prolonged closure of the Pak-Afghan border was against the interests of the people and the economies of the two countries.
The Pak-Afghan border crossing at Torkham and Chaman had been sealed immediately after the deadly suicide attacks for all kinds of communication on the security reasons.However, earlier in March, Pakistan temporarily opened the border at Torkham and Chaman to allow stranded Afghan nationals to return to their country. The border crossings were opened on March 7 and 8, “in order to provide an opportunity to those nationals of Afghanistan nationals who had come to Pakistan on valid visas and wish to return to their country.