Islamabad [Pakistan]March 19 (ANI): Pakistani and Afghani authorities have agreed to start a bus service between Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Jalalabad in Nangarhar province, Express Tribune reported.
Citing sources and documents, Pakistan Daily said the decision was taken at a meeting of the Afghanistan International Coordination Group, which aims to resolve issues between the two countries.
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The two countries’ transport ministries have approved the service, agreeing in principle that 15 to 20-seater buses will initially run to and from the route, the sources said.
According to sources in The Express Tribune, the two parties have finalized agreements for bus services in their respective regions.
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In this regard, Pakistan will establish a bus terminal at the Tolkham border point in Jalalabad with Afghanistan.
“Given the difficulties of air travel, it has been decided to allow land travel between the two countries,” a source with knowledge of the developments told the Tribune. “Since the return of the Taliban government, air travel has become difficult.”
Based on the documents, the Federal Revenue Service (FBR) has issued a notice to establish a terminus for international bus services in Tollham. In this regard, space has been allocated opposite the Basic Health Unit (BHU).
According to ARY news, Pakistan’s counter-terrorist department (CTD) on Friday accused the Jamatul Ahrar group of the Pakistani Taliban movement (TTP) of planning an attack on the Peshawar line in Afghanistan.
On 30 January, during Zuhr prayers, a powerful explosion hit a mosque in a cordoned area of Peshawar, killing more than 100 people and injuring 235, mostly police officers.
Speaking at a press conference, CTD Peshawar Attached IG Shaukat Abbas said the mastermind of the Peshawar explosion has been traced.
Ghaffar aka Salman, the mastermind of the suicide attack, was linked to the suicide bomber ‘Qari’, CTD officials said, adding that they also traced the name of the coordinator, who ARY would not disclose due to security concerns News report.
According to Abbas, the CTD arrested another terrorist involved in the bombing of the Peshawar defense line, named Imtiaz, who is still training in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province. “Imtiaz was also a suicide bomber who had to blow himself up if Qari failed.” (Ani)
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