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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 12:48 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 12:48 AM (IST)

Sharif orders reopening of Afghan border

Islamabad, March 20

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today ordered the immediate reopening of Pakistan's border with Afghanistan in a goodwill gesture, even as he hoped that the Afghan government would address Islamabad's concerns on cross-border terrorism.

"The decision to re-open the border is being taken as closure of the border for a long time in the backdrop of religious, culture and historical ties between the two countries would not be in the interest of the people and the economy," said Sharif.

He said recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan. — PTI

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