Hekmat Karzai to visit Pakistan on Monday to discuss Torkham issues

Hekmat-Khalil-KarzaiThe Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai is expected to visit Pakistan on Monday to discuss the Torkham issue which led to deadly clashes between the Afghan and Pakistani forces last week.

The Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) said Karzai is expected to lead a high level delegation during his visit to Pakistan to discuss the issue with the Pakistani officials.

NSC spokesman Tawab Ghohrzang said the Pakistani government had originally invited the National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani for the talks.

No further details have been given on why NSA Atmar and Foreign Minister Rabbani did not show readiness to participate in the talks.

Tensions intensified among the Afghan and Pakistani forces late on Sunday night after the Afghan border forces prevented the Pakistani security forces to work on the construction of a gate in Torkham.

The two sides engaged in deadly clashes for at least three times before diplomatic efforts were put in place to resolve the issue through negotations.

Both the Afghan and Pakistani security forces suffered casualties during the clashes that led to the closure of the crossing.

The Torkham crossing was finally reopened for the passengers and trucks earlier today after almost a week that incurred heavy financial losses for the both sides.

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