Pak-Afghan friendship gate closed amid rising COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan

The Nation  |  Jun 18, 2021

After a hike in the number of coronavirus cases in Afghanistan, Pakistan has imposed new travel bans on the Pak-Afghan border and has closed the Pak-Afghan friendship gate in Chaman for bilateral pedestrian traffic.

As per the decision of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the friendship gate has been closed for two-way traffic from Friday, June 18.

Deputy Commissioner Chaman Tariq Mengal said that bilateral foot traffic to and from the friendship gate would be suspended till further orders while Pak-Afghan bilateral trade would continue.

The sudden closure of the gate has left a large number of Pakistani and Afghan citizens stranded on both sides of the border.

He further said Pakistanis in Afghanistan can return while following strict coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Afghans in Pakistan can also return to their home country.

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