Asia

Pakistan temporarily reopens its border with Afghanistan

  • Pakistani security personnel check Afghan nationals as they prepare to leave to Afghanistan, at Pakistan's Torkham border, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakistani border to return home on Tuesday as Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last month after a wave of militant attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani security personnel check Afghan nationals as they prepare to leave to Afghanistan, at Pakistan's Torkham border, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakistani border to return home on Tuesday as Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last month after a wave of militant attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghanistan nationals wait to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakistani border to return home on Tuesday as Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last month after a wave of militant attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

    Afghanistan nationals wait to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakistani border to return home on Tuesday as Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last month after a wave of militant attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan nationals prepare to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakistani border to return home on Tuesday as Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last month after a wave of militant attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

    Afghan nationals prepare to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakistani border to return home on Tuesday as Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last month after a wave of militant attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistani officials say authorities have temporarily reopened the two main border crossings with Afghanistan after the closure of the border last month following a string of deadly militant attacks.

They say all those with valid travel documents will be allowed to cross on Tuesday and on Wednesday through the Torkham crossing in the northwest or the Chaman in the southwest.

They two are major arteries for trade and commerce between the two neighbors. Other crossings are less in use and will remain closed.

The measure is aimed at easing tensions between the two countries and the backlog of people and vehicles trying to cross over.

Pakistan shut the two main crossings three weeks ago after a wave of suicide bombings that authorities said was linked to Islamic militants from Afghanistan.