Pakistani army resumes barbed wire installation along Torkham

Pakistani-army-barbed-wire-installationThe Pakistani army forces have reportedly resumed barbed wire installation in selected areas along Torkham shortly after the issue resulted into the closure of the border gate.

Sources privy to the development quoted in local media reports have said Inspector General of the Frontier Corps, Maj Gen Mazhar Shaheen, visited the border crossing and observed the situation there.

Gen. Shaheen has reportedly instructed the border guards of the country to show courtesy to the people crossing over into Pakistan or Afghanistan.

He has also asked the country’s border guards to keep a strict vigil on the movement of suspect people.

The Afghan and Pakistani officials on Friday agreed to reopen the Torkham border following four days of closure that resulted to stranding of hundreds of vehicles as well as thousands of people.

The agreement was reached during a meeting between the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and Pakistani Army Chief of Staff General Raheel Sharif.

The meeting was organized amid concerns that the armed forces of the two countries engage in a clash as both sides had deployed additional forces as well as tanks and armored personnel carriers.

Earlier, the Afghan and Pakistani border forces have already engaged in a number of clashes along the Durand Line, mainly due to military installations establishment, violating the zero point between the two countries.

The Afghan and Pakistani border forces exchanged fire in Goshta district of Nangarhar province late last month with the local officials saying the Pakistani forces started shelling the Afghan border posts. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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