Pakistan closes routes with Afghanistan after deadly attacks

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

Pakistan today summoned Afghanistan embassy officials to lodge its protest against allowing terrorists to use their soil to carry out attacks in the neighbouring country.

Hours after a suicide bomber killed 70 people at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan owing to security reasons.

According to Director General Intra Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor, the officials were given a list of 76 terrorists now hiding in Pakistan. He was tweeted, "Afghan Embassy officials called in GHQ".

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says terrorists are launching attacks on Pakistan from their sanctuaries in Afghanistan, underlining that they will be responded with full might. Given list of 76 Ts hiding in Afg.

The attack on the shrine left at least 75 dead and 200 others wounded, reports said.

Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings at Torkham and Chaman have been closed for all sorts of traffic.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a border of about 2,600 km, mostly porous, and the military seeks cooperation of the Afghan government to closely monitor the illegal cross-border movement. The attacker blew himself up after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode.

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