1000’s of stranded Afghans and Pakistanis have been queuing to get house after Pakistan quickly opened two most important border crossings.
Officers on the Torkham level mentioned 2,900 folks crossed into Afghanistan and 550 entered Pakistan on Tuesday.
Figures from the opposite most important crossing at Chaman weren’t instantly obtainable.
Pakistan shut the crossings almost three weeks in the past after a wave of lethal assaults by militants it mentioned have been working from Afghan soil.
The 2 international locations have lengthy accused one another of doing too little to sort out militants.
Afghanistan says some 25,000 Afghans are stranded in Pakistan due to the border closure.
The 2 crossings will probably be open for a second day however many consider it’s unlikely all of the folks nonetheless stranded will be capable of cross the border on Wednesday.
“We’re trapped right here as a result of now we have issues in our homeland,” one man, Shah Wali, who’s from the Afghan metropolis of Kunduz, informed BBC Urdu’s Azizullah Khan.
Zabihullah mentioned he had travelled to Pakistan for medical remedy.
“Then the [border] gates closed on me. I used to be carrying some cash however ended up spending all of it. Since then I’ve been dwelling on different folks’s cash and meals. It has been so demeaning. I am like a pauper now.”
He had been queuing for 4 hours.
“The troopers hold pushing us round from one queue to a different. It is so tiring.”
The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says the choice to quickly open the border got here amid rising considerations that continued closure could develop into a humanitarian crisis.