After more than five years, Pakistan and Afghanistan have reached an agreement to resume suspended bus service ‘Dosti’ between their countries in 2022.
This is a positive step towards the resumption and regular movement of people on both sides.
During the recent visit of the Afghan delegation led by Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Afghan Foreign Minister, the decision was made to restart the bus service in the early part of next year. According to the terms of the mutual agreement, the Dosti bus would run from Peshawar’s Karkhano Market to Jalalabad in Afghanistan. This bus service will be a huge support for thousands Afghan refugees families, traders, and work-related locals from both sides. They can use it to travel across the Torkham border frequently.
According to the top Afghan official, the final approval for bus service is still awaiting from both countries’ security services. The final approval for the resumption will be granted after an examination of the safety measures taken by both sides. This is expected to take place in the coming weeks.