Pakistan on Tuesday has closed the Torkham border crossing to Afghanistan to stem COVID-19 spread.
The step has been taken by the government at the advice of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
The Torkham border crossing is the main trade link between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed made the announcement on Tuesday saying that all types of immigration departure and arrival will be closed from today at the Torkham border.
The crossing will remain closed till the fresh guidelines of NCOC, the minister added.
On the advise of the NCOC all types of immigration departure and arrival will be close from today at torkham Border till the fresh Guidelines of NCOC (Ministry of Interior) @OfficialNcoc— Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (@ShkhRasheed) July 6, 2021
A day ago, the NCOC issued fresh guidelines for Afghan students, extending the mandatory quarantine period to 10 days.
Afghanistan is currently witnessing an increase in virus cases, prompting Pakistan to take necessary steps.