ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has announced to open the Chaman and Torkham border crossings with Afghanistan for four days, starting Monday, to facilitate stranded Afghan nationals to return their homes.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the decision was taken on a special request from Kabul.
“At the special request of the Government of Afghanistan and based on humanitarian considerations, Pakistan has decided to allow the exit of Afghan nationals in Pakistan, wishing to go back to their country,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in a statement on Saturday.
On #Afghanistan’s special request & on humanitarian considerations,we are allowing exit of 🇦🇫 nationals, wishing to go back to their country,through Torkham & Chaman border crossings on 6-9 April.
We remain in solidarity with our Afghan brethren at this time of global pandemic.
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) April 4, 2020
On March 16, the government had closed its borders with Iran and Afghanistan following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.
Later on March, 21, the country also suspended all international flights for two weeks till April 4, which is now extended till April 11.