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Pakistan Opens Afghan Border Crossing

FILE: Trucks at the Gulam Khan border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan announced it was reopening a key border crossing with Afghanistan on June 22 to allow trade between the neighbors.

Trucks carrying fruits, vegetables, and other items will start crossing the Ghulam Khan border in northwestern North Waziristan district.

Pakistan has already reopened its border with Iran.

Pakistan put its entire population of 220 million in lockdown in March, but the government last month eased restrictions, saying it was necessary to save the economy even though cases went up.

On June 21, Pakistan reported 119 more COVID-19 deaths and 4,951 new cases, raising its total to 176,617 cases including 3,501 fatalities. Critics say, however, that a lack of sufficient testing is preventing a clearer picture of the extent of the outbreak in the country.

With reporting by AP, Reuters, and dpa

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