Torkham border closed as tensions persist among Afghan and Pakistani forces

TorkhamPESHAWAR: The main border gate between Afghanistan and Pakistan remained close for second day as tensions persist among the Afghan and Pakistani border guards, reportedly on the issue of fencing the border by Pakistani forces.

According to the reports, hundreds of vehicles have remained stranded on both side of the border as well as thousands of people who have taken shelter in the hotels and other accommodations near the border gate.

The gate has reportedly been closed by the Pakistani forces on Tuesday when Afghan border security officials stopped Pakistani security forces from installing barbed wire along the border.

Officials in Pakistan quoted in local media reports have said the move was part of the National Action Plan, which was decided by border security management.

They have also warned that the gate will remain closed until are allowed to install the barbed wire.

The latest tension among the Afghan and Pakistani border guards comes weeks after the two sides engaged in a clash in eastern Nangarhar province.

The incident in Goshta district took place late last month with the local officials saying the Pakistani forces started shelling the Afghan border posts.

A similar incident took place in Goshta district earlier in the month fo March following Pakistani militia forces attack in Anarki area of Goshta district. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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