KP governor hints at leniency to Afghan traders, patients
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The cross-border movement of Afghan traders and patients would be made lenient under a more flexible policy, the governor of Pakistan’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 Afghanistan 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 Line.”
Opposed by the government in Kabul, 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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