ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to immediately re-open Pak-Afghan border.

In a statement issued here on Monday, he said the recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan. The prime minister said 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.

“Decision to re-open the border is being taken as a goodwill gesture”, Sharif added. He expressed the hope that the Afghan Government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed.

The prime minister said they have reiterated time and again that durable peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and security in Pakistan. “Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the two countries” he added.