Afghan-Pakistan border crossing reopens a week after fighting

Torkham (Afghanistan) (AFP) – The Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan reopens to pedestrians and vehicles, more than a week after it was closed following a gun battle between frontier guards. The altercation at the crossing, halfway between the two capitals Islamabad and Kabul, was in relation to a dispute over the construction of an Afghan outpost. Torkham is the busiest border post for trade and people between the two nations, and its closure had affected thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis. “We were stopped at Torkham. It’s been nine or ten days since we were stopped here […] Our grapes, tomatoes and cucumbers and other things were rotting,” says Hazrat Gul, a truck driver.


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