Torkham linking Peshawar with Jalalabad and Kabul is the gateway for Afghans to Pakistan and thousands of people cross it every day.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday closed its main border crossing point with Afghanistan where the Covid-19 pandemic and the law and order situation are worsening.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad tweeted that the step was taken on the advice of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the main official body tasked to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Officials said it was closed due to worsening pandemic as well as law and order situation in Afghanistan where the Taliban are rapidly growing in influence.
Meanwhile, Pakistan for the first time since June 30 recorded less than 1,000 new cases, showing a positivity rate of 2.16 per cent.
The Ministry of National Health Services reported 830 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking the national tally to 964,490.
Another 25 patients died in this period, pushing the Covid-19 toll to 22,452.
The vaccination has also been going well and the NCOC reporting that 425,640 doses were administered across Pakistan on July 5.
It said the total number of doses administered reached 17,815,986.