KABUL: Local Officials in eastern Nangarhar said that Pakistan reopened the Turkham gate against the Afghan migrants stuck on the other side on the Durand-Line.
Ataullah Khogianai, provincial governor’s spokesman said that around 5,000 Afghan migrants would be crossing the gate. The gate would be one-way open till late Saturday, he said. “All-type of preparation has been taken.”
Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ajmal Ahmady in a tweet said, “Turkham will be opened for 24 hours per day / 6 days a week – Spin Boldak will be open 6 days a week with increased hours – Exports from Afghanistan likely to begin after Eid.”
Nangarhar Public Health said that medical teams were sent to the gate to inform the migrants about prevention and spread of pandemic coronavirus.
Last month, citing the spread of covid-19, Islamabad closed its two major gates located across the Durand-Line with Afghanistan, Spin-Boldak and Turkham.
However, earlier the Pakistani officials said that in coordination with the Afghan officials, Turkham would be open five days in a week for trade trucks.
Pakistan media reported at least 38,799 covid-19 cases with 834 dead as of May 16.
Afghanistan has so far has 6,402 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic in January.