Army decides to re-open Torkham border

WEB DESK: Pakistan Army has decided to open the Torkham border on Friday after Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

The Torkham border remained closed since Tuesday while four rounds of talks between Pakistani and Afghan authorities failed to reduce the tension over installation of barbed wire and fencing in Pakistani territory.

According to the ISPR, Afghan Ambassador met General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi on Friday. They discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations particularly the border management.

“The two sides agreed to resume routine border traffic at Torkham” military spokesman tweeted. Both side agreed to continue efforts to fight against terrorism to bring lasting peace in the region.

Earlier, at a weekly news briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had said that the Torkham border crossing had been shut down temporarily due to differences between Pakistan and Afghanistan over new border control measures.

He said that the border between the two countries was porous. Illegal crossings and other related issues are major challenges for both the countries.

President of Khyber Truck Association told Business Recorder that hundreds of stranded passengers including women and children stayed in mosques, hotels and other empty buildings at Torkham, Landikotal and nearby areas. They are waiting for opening of the border. – Business Recorder