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Birmal border crossing reopens after 6 months of closure

Birmal border crossing reopens after 6 months of closure

Jan 07, 2016 - 13:21


PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Following marathon negotiations, a border crossing between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon in the tribal region of Waziristan has reopened, a news report said on Thursday.

The Birmal Gate, also known as Sui Warai Gate, in South Waziristan reopened after six months of talks.The gate had been closed after clashes between Afghan and Pakistani border guards.

As cross-border movement resumed on Wednesday, local celebrated the development with dances and singing, an unnamed political administration official told a Pakistani newspaper.

Several jirgas took place to sort out the issue, but the negotiations proved sterile, The Express Tribunereported. The problem was finally resolved with the help of the political administration.

Shah Zadin, a journalist based in South Waziristan, was quoted as saying: “People are very happy with this development. We thank Afghan and Pakistani governments for opening the border.”

Local political activist Nasirullah Wazirsaid: “We hope reopening of the border will not only boost trade activities, but also ease relations between families living on both sides.”

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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