A view of the border fence outside the Kitton outpost on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan, Pakistan October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz - RC193CD09170

ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the worsening situation of coronavirus in Afghanistan, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to close border terminals with the neighboring country immediately.

Bilateral pedestrian traffic will remain suspended between the two countries till further orders at the terminals.  However, Pakistani nationals are allowed to return through the terminals after showing negative COVID-19 test results, the sources added.

Earlier on May 5, Pakistan had sealed its land borders with Iran and Afghanistan over apprehensions regarding transmission of new variants of the COVID-19 to the country.

“The routes to the border have been completely sealed,” border sources had said. Pakistan had on Sunday announced to revise its land border management policy with neighboring Iran and Afghanistan.

In view of the recommendations of the NCOC competent authorities had taken the decision in order to halt the transfer of new variants of coronavirus from the neighboring countries with revision in the land border management policy.


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