Senior Afghan officials and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Torkham crossing to boost bilateral and transit trade.
Around 10,000 people pass daily through the Torkham crossing and will take advantage of this round-the-clock operation. Previously, the crossing remained operational for 12 hours only, which disrupted truckers and other commuters specially patients.
This move will help to strengthen relations between the two South Asian countries, which share a nearly 2,600km (approximately 1,600 miles) crossings.
According to a Pakistani newspaper, local trade between the two countries had decreased considerably in recent years adding that it would take some time to“reap” the benefits of 24/7 opening.
In June, when President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan, he called on Imran Khan to ease trade between the two countries through the crossing points.
The opening will be accompanied by the inauguration of the Pakistan-Afghan Friendship Hospital at Torkham and the Afghans arriving via the crossing point will be provided medical facilities in the hospital, according to a Dawn report.
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