Border with Iran to reopen on March 1 -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Border with Iran to reopen on March 1

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Pakistan and Iran have decided to reopen Zero Point at the Taftan border on March 1. The Zero Point had been closed by the Iranian government after a suicide attack killed more than 40 Iranians, including 15 members of the Revolutionary Guards, on Oct 18 last year.

Due to the closure, there had been no border trade between the two countries for last four moths and people from both sides were facing great difficulties.

A meeting of Pakistani and Iranian authorities held in Taftan thoroughly discussed all issues relating to border and decided to reopen trade activities between the two countries.

“The two countries have decided to reopen the border from March 1”, Balochistan’s Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told Dawn, saying talks between the officials of two countries concluded on Sunday.

He said the meeting also decided that the Rahdari system would also be restored for crossing the border by the people from both sides.

“Under the Rahdari permit, Pakistanis could travel up to 60km inside Iran,” Mr Durrani said, adding that Iranians having Rahdari permits could come up to the Pakistani border town of Taftan.
Source: Dawn
Date:2/22/2010