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Pak-Afghan Angor Adda border reopened
Afghan people queue up at the border town of Chaman near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border October 25, 2003. Pakistan has increased security along its border with Afghanistan as part of its counter-terrorism measures. New posts have been set up to stop infiltration of Taliban and al Qaeda militants. REUTERS/Mian KhursheedMK/GM

Pak-Afghan Angor Adda border reopened

PESHAWAR: The trade activities through Angor Adda gate on Pakistan-Afghanistan border in South Waziristan Agency restarted the other day after it was announced by Pakistan Army at a Jirga held with political administration, traders, transports and elders of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General Nauman Zakaria held the Jirga at Wana with Political Agent Zafarul Islam Khattak and people of Mehsud, Wazir, Dotani, Sulemankhel tribes for the purpose of negotiating the problems faced to reopen the Angor Adda for trade and crossing of the masses.

Commanding Officer South Waziristan Scouts Colonel Taimur Daud, assistant political agents and military officials attended the Jirga along with officials of the Federal Board of Revenue.

Major General Nauman reminded the factors due to which all the borders were closed for every kind of activities with Afghanistan. Now the confiscated vehicles of local tribesmen will also be returned.

The Jirga members thanked the government for reopening the border gate and appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Customs to inform the high-ups of the closure of border with Afghanistan at Angor Adda and the announcement made by Pakistan Army in this regard.

Like other border crossing points, Angor Adda gate also adds a big amount of revenue due to border trade. Angor Adda gate is famous for imports of fruits and oil while rice, sugar, coal, minerals and other goods of daily use are exported to Afghanistan through local importers and exporters.

Torkham and Chaman borders have already been reopened while the border crossings in North Waziristan and Kurram tribal agencies are still closed.