ISLAMABAD – Deputy Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Defence, Afghanistan, General Murad Ali Murad has requested Pakistan to reopen the Pak-Afghan border.

Pak-Afghan border closed

The request was made to Ambassador of Pakistan, Syed Abrar Hussain as he was invited for a meeting through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul on Monday. Defence Attach Brig Farooq Zaman also accompanied the ambassador.

Murad during the meeting highlighted the sufferings of people due to the closure of border and cross-border shelling from Pakistan and requested detente between the two South-Asian neighbors.

On the other hand, Pakistan’s ambassador briefed about the circumstances in which the decision to close border at Torkham was taken. He stated that the Afghan nationals were involved in recent attacks in Pakistan and stressed that Afghanistan should take appropriate measures for preventing the use of its soil against Pakistan.

The ambassador, however, promised to transmit the Afghan request to Islamabad.

Pakistan had closed the border following a string of attacks last month that claimed over 100 lives in a single week. Pakistan also targeted hideouts of militants on Pak-Afghan border.