World Bulletin / News Desk
In a statement Monday, Sharif said his government had taken the “goodwill gesture” keeping in view the better interests of both countries.
The move came after three-day long talks between Pakistani Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, which were brokered by the U.K. in London last week aimed at quelling tensions between the two neighbors.
The premier said the border’s closure went against “people’s and economic interests” on both sides.
Sharif hoped the Afghan government would address the reasons that led to the closure of the border.
On Feb. 17, Pakistan unilaterally closed its border with Afghanistan, commonly known as the Durand Line, “due to security reasons” following a spate of terror attacks, including a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistani town of Sehwan that left 90 people dead.
Pakistani officials, including military high-ups blamed the attacks on “Afghanistan-based terrorists”.
Islamabad had reopened border crossings in between for two days -- on March 7 and 8 -- “to provide an opportunity to such hundreds of civilians stranded on both sides of the border”.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing points -- the most commonly used ones are Torkham and Chaman.
Afghanistan does not recognize the -- Durand Line -- a 2,640-kilometer (1,640-mile) long border, which was established in 1893 in line with an agreement between India under British colonial rule, and Abdur Rahman Khan, the then ruler of Afghanistan.
Men killed during two-day clearance operation near border with Bangladesh, according to Office of State Counselor
Terrorist gang led by brothers attempting to establish ISIL territory in Mindanao, government says
Group behind last July's attempted putsch in Turkey also poses danger to Japan, Mevlut Cavusoglu says
Kabul says it was not consulted, fencing will divide tribes living at the Durand Line
Mevlut Cavusoglu meets representatives of business and tourism sectors
Scholarships will be granted over the next ten years, Chinese foreign minister says
Number of oppressed Rohingya refugees rose over 30,000 since the previous year, says report
The MT Putri Sea, registered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, went down on Thursday in a busy shipping lane off the southern state of Johor, near Singapore.
Seoul kept in dark over welfare of at least six South Koreans currently incarcerated in North
Latest attack in Pakistan’s Gwadar district comes days after an alleged terrorist threat was thwarted in Iran’s Chabahar
Pyongyang demands response from Washington or face consequences
92 bodies, tail of aircraft recovered so far from Andaman Sea, according to military
President Moon pushes ahead with choice of top envoy despite political opposition over ethics
The incident happened when Flight MU744 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency reported.