Aftab Sherpao laments losses resulting from border closure
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The closure of the Afghan-Pakistan border has resulted in a loss of millions of rupees to business communities of the two countries, a senior Pakhtun politician said on Saturday.
The neighbours should increase government-to-government and people-to-people contacts to normalise bilateral relations, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) head and former chief minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said.
Welcoming the reopening of the border crossing at Torkham after three daysof closure, the ex-interior minister urged the government to devise a strategy to eschew the recurrence of such happenings in the future.
Sherpao said thousands of people had been stranded on both sides of the border and patients faced serious problems.“Both governments should frame workable policies on border management to promote friendly relations.”
He added he had asked the federal government several times to initiate concrete steps to overcome mistrust with Afghan leadership. “But so far no tangible measures had been adopted,” Sherpao regretted. He demanded the government to take steps to improve coordination and cooperation with Afghanistan on different issues, including terrorism and border management.
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