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Pakistan softens visa restrictions for Afghan truckers

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Pakistani authorities announced Sunday the softening of visa restrictions for Afghan truckers, transporting goods to Pakistan through Torkham crossing point. The restrictions were reportedly removed after two rounds of negotiations between officials from the two countries in the Torkham border town.

The federal government had restricted the entry of Afghans to the country without valid passports and visas after Sept 30. The restrictions were first imposed in June 1 when all Afghan nationals without visas were barred from entering Pakistan via Torkham and Chaman borders.

However, the two rounds of talks have relaxed the tight controls, where now hundreds of trucks from both sides are traveling to their respective destinations.

Pakistani Transporters Union president Haji Azeemullah welcomed the move and said it would ensure smooth bilateral trade.

He said more than 60 percent of Afghan transporters had got passports, while the rest would follow suit in few days.

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