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KP governor hints at leniency to Afghan traders, patients

KP governor hints at leniency to Afghan traders, patients

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:24

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The cross-border movement of Afghan traders and patients would be made lenient under a more flexible policy, the governor of Pakistaninfo-icon’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has promised.

However, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra reiterated that strict border management had been enforced at the Torkham border, the busiest crossing between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistan, to curb the menace of terrorism.

He told journalists in Khyber Agency on Monday: “We can battle terrorism only when we have effective border controls, implementation of travel restrictions and construction of a gate at Durand Lineinfo-icon.”

Opposed by the government in Kabulinfo-icon, the controversial gate was constructed at Torkham border recently. The gate, which Afghan officials slam as a violation of bilateral pacts, is set to be inaugurated within a week.

Jhagra said: “We will not sit idle now and instead we will provide facilities to Afghans. We are in the process of devising a system for Afghan traders, patients and other needy people to facilitate their cross-border movement.”



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