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Pak to open 4 border points with Iran

The Pakistan government has decided to open four border points with neighbouring Iran from Sunday for trade.

The four border entry points in Balochistan would remain opened throughout the week, The Express Tribune reported.

Sources said the Interior Ministry had notified to the Frontier Corps (South) Turbat inspector general and the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Islamabad said that Gubd, Mand, Katagur and Chagai border crossings would be opened from Sunday onwards.

The letter added a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday had decided that "border with Iran at Gubd, Mand, Katagur and Chagai will remain opened seven days a week, from July 5, 2020, only for trade (imports and exports) and unlimited number of trucks will be allowed".

All COVID-19-related standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols would be implemented, according to the interior ministry notification.

Pakistan had shut the border on February 24, suspending trade activities and barred citizens from travelling to Iran which as the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Middle East at that time.

Bilateral trade activities resumed later but thrice a week only.

Last month, the authorities said that Taftan – the main border crossing between the two countries will remain open seven days a week for trade only.