The State Department officials have said the United States is watching very closely the growing tensions between the Afghan and Pakistani forces in Torkham.
In response to a question regarding the tense situation in Torkham, State Department spokesperson, John Kirby said “We are all watching the tensions very closely, that we are in touch with officials on both sides.”
Kirby further added “We continue to urge a calm resolution to the tension. We obviously don’t want to see clashes; we don’t want to see violence; we don’t want to see it get worse.”
Clashes among the Afghan and Pakistani in Torkham erupted late on Sunday night after the Afghan border guards prevented the installation of a gate by Pakistani forces.
The Afghan government criticized Pakistan for taking unilateral steps by working on military installations along the zero point in Durand Line, calling it a move against the bilateral agreement.
Several people have lost their lives during the clashes in the past three, including a senior Pakistani army officer who died due to wounds he sustained in the clash. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES