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.
Duterte, who has faced international condemnation for his own crackdown on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, also insisted that outsiders should not interfere in Southeast Asia's affairs.
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Diplomats in Manila said the other parties apparently refer to the United States and regional powers China, Japan and South Korea -- all key strategic players in the region.
Human Rights Watch said the incident was another sign of widespread rights abuse under Duterte's war on drugs, which has seen thousands of drug suspects killed either by policemen or mysterious vigilantes.
US-led NATO troops have been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
The two countries have been in a security alliance since the 1950-53 Korean war, and more than 28,000 US troops are stationed in the South.
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