Prime Minister Imran Khan instructed authorities on Friday to open the Chaman-Spin boldak border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and said Islamabad will continue to support Kabul during the global corona virus pandemic.
“Despite global pandemic of COVID 19, we remain committed to supporting our Afghan brothers and sisters. I have given instructions to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border and let trucks crossover into Afghanistan. In time of crisis, we remain steadfast with Afghanistan,” PM Imran said in a tweet.
Earlier, ex-Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah had thanked PM Imran for keeping the Chaman-Boldak border open in a tweet.
“I thank PM Imran and Pakistan government for accepting our people and traders’ call to keep the Chaman-Boldak border open for the flow of foodstuff and key commodities at this critical time,” Abdullah had tweeted.
He added that Afghanistan greatly appreciates this gesture as it further strengthens bilateral relations between the two countries.
Pakistan has reported 456 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2 deaths in the country. On the other hand, Afghanistan has reported 22 cases of the virus, making it one of the few countries with a relatively low rate of coronavirus infections.
Worldwide, the virus has infected 176 countries, killed more than 9,700 people, and infected more than 234,000. The epidemic has now shifted its focus to Europe, with more deaths in Italy than in China on Thursday.