Pakistan terms Afghan Foreign Ministry’s statement irresponsible
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal has termed a recent statement of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs as irresponsible and unwarranted.
Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Pakistan-Afghan border was an internationally recognized official border between the two countries in accordance with all relevant international laws and conventions.
The spokesperson said Pakistan believed that 24/7 opening of the Torkham point along Pakistan-Afghanistan border was a significant step forward to facilitate the people and traders of both the sides.
He said such statements only served to undermine the resolve for peace and cooperation between the two countries and should be avoided.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday inaugurated 24/7 Torkham Terminal at Pak-Afghan border.
The terminal will serve round the clock, seven days a week. Torkham border in Khyber District has been opened twenty-four hours on trial basis since Sept 2. The project has been completed at a cost of 16 billion rupees.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government took this decision to enhance trade with Afghanistan and facilitate the business community of the two countries.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan, and other senior civil and military officials were also present on the occasion.
“During the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting I realized potential of the route through Torkhem to Gawadar as central Asian countries had been waiting for its opening,” Imran Khan said.
During media talk on this occasion, he said the ruling government had given 150 billion rupees for development of tribal areas. This big amount surpassed the total amount so far spent in this region, he added. Peshawar will become trade hub of Pakistan, he maintained.