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Afghanistan demands reopening of Pak-Afghan border

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal has demanded the authorities reopen the Torkham border, saying the closure was causing ‘hardships’ for people on either side.

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal has demanded the authorities reopen the Torkham border, saying the closure was causing ‘hardships’ for people on either side.

“As part of the quick de-escalation of the prevailing tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as agreed in our talks with the relevant Pak authorities a couple of days ago, Torkham, Spin Boldak and other crossing points should have reopened by now but unfortunately still remain shut,” the envoy said in a statement on Thursday.

“In fact, formal trade and transit crossing points between our two countries, under no circumstances, should have been closed in the first place, both as per Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade and Transit Agreement (APTTA) and also Afghanistan’s land-locked country transit right as per international rules,” he added.

Zakhilwal expressed hope that the Pakistan military would open the border “without causing further hardships”.

Pakistan has accused Afghanistan of harbouring the militants who have carried out the most recent attacks in the country.



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5 Comments

  1. muhammad said:

    Trade and Transit Agreement (APTTA) do not allow you to sand your terroirs in Pakistan as you are playing for Indians. The borders must be closed till these come on their knees and beg for that.

      • Sarfaraz said:

        Afghanistan-based terrorists have claimed the responsibilities. They always recruit terrorists from Afghan refugees.

  2. Ali said:

    Under the same agreement “Trade and Transit Agreement (APTTA)” Afghanistan was bound to provide Pakistan, road access to Uzbekistan for trade. We never saw that happening !

    Moreover nobody want to de-escalate prevailing tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan, first accept durran line as official border, than we will talk.

  3. tanvir afhan said:

    Send these Afghan nationals to India; ePakistan has had enough of them. And to add insult to injury you have the cheeks to make demands in Pakistan

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