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Afghanistan-Pakistan border reopens after 4-day closure

(Last Updated On: May 14, 2016 9:28 am)

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Torkham border crossing has been reopened for thousands of passengers and transit trade convoys after being closed for four days following border tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghan envoy in Pakistan announced late on Friday.

The decision was made after Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal met with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif to discuss the issue.

“I just had a detailed meeting with the Pakistan Army Chief, Mr. Raheel Sharif discussing the deep problems and factors of Afghanistan and Pakistan relations including Torkham border tensions,” Zakhilwal tweeted on Friday,” he [Raheel Sharif] guided his forces to reopen Torkham border for passengers and trade convoys, and ordered them to avoid occurrence of the last three days similar incidents in the future”.

The border was closed for all traffic on Tuesday when Afghan border forces objected the construction of border fencing by Pakistan on their country’s soil.

Afghanistan and Pakistan share a 2,500-kilometer-long disputed frontier, known as the Durand Line.

For decades, Afghan leaders have refused to accept the line as a border between the two countries, but Islamabad has always rejected the claim, saying it has long been settled.

Written by: Hesamuddin Hesam

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