Afghan border officials meet at Torkham

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

Deep-seated diplomatic tensions rooted in disputes about tackling militancy and the legitimacy of the existing border have been exacerbated in recent months after cross-border firing killed soldiers from either side earlier this year and fueled the distrust many Afghans have for the Pakistani government.

The Afghan protestors also started pelting stones at the gate and burned Pakistani flag.

The Afghan officials expressed their reservations over the border and requested for setting of a timeframe for deportation of illegal Afghan nationals and for specifying time for Afghanistan-bound vehicles to avoid road blocking.

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Previously, Pakistan had demanded Afghanistan apologize over the incident.

The Pakistani delegation was led by Lt. General Muhammad Chengaiz who said the border would open at 8 AM on Thrursday.

Every day between 10,000 and 15,000 Pakistani and Afghan traders cross into Chaman in Balochistan and Vesh Mandi in Kandhar province of Afghanistan.

Pakistan has deported several Afghan passengers from its airports back to Kabul as they had Indian visa on passport, reports Tolo News.

A flag meeting between security officials of Pakistan and Afghanistan discussed on Tuesday matters relating to Pak-Afghan sharing border Torkham, said official sources.

Afghan border forces did not stop people on their side from disrupting peace at the border crossing, forcing the Frontier Corps (FC), a paramilitary force, to close the border to avert any untoward incident.

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