PESHAWAR: After reopening of Pak-Afghan border at Torkham, Chaman and Ghulam Khan, now the government of Pakistan has decided in principle to reopen the Angoor Adda and Kharlachi border gates to facilitate the people, particularly the traders, on both sides.

Pakistan’s special envoy to Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq said the government has decided to reopen Angoor Adda and Kharlachi border points to promote Pak-Afghan trade. He said the border points will be opened after necessary arrangements on July 12.

The border points in Torkham, Chaman and Ghulam Khan have already been opened since June 22.

Three days earlier, the Ghulam Khan border in North Waziristan tribal district was reopened for pedestrians.

Deputy Commissioner Shahid Ali said the border has also been opened for those travelling on foot after which the people stranded on both sides of the border due to coronavirus will now be able to reach their destinations on the either side of the border.

The deputy commissioner said hundreds of people were stranded in Khost province of Afghanistan and North Waziristan tribal district due to coronavirus lockdown. He said the stranded people are being allowed to enter North Waziristan through Ghulam Khan border after verification.

The Pak-Afghan borders have been reopened for trade activities after closure of three months due to coronavirus.

The traders of North Waziristan had recently demanded reopening of Ghulam Khan border and also staged protest. Last month, the transporters of North Waziristan had called upon the government to make arrangements for return of their colleagues stranded in Afghanistan.

A protest was also staged in Wana Bazaar of South Waziristan tribal district against the closure of Pak-Afghan border gate in Angoor Adda.

The protesters said the Angoor Adda border gate must be reopened for trade activities and other people on the pattern of Torkham and Chaman border. They said the people stranded on both sides of the border are facing difficulties due to closure of the border gate.

With the opening of Torkham, Chaman, Ghulam Khan, Angoor Adda and Kharlachi border gates, the people on both sides will get jobs and trade activities will witness boost which will contribute positively towards the economy of the area.