Taliban shut Pak-Afghan border crossing for pedestrians


ISLAMABAD:

The Taliban on Monday closed the Torkham border gate, the principle crossing level between Pakistan and Afghanistan, for pedestrian motion, an area official stated.

The move got here after the Taliban demanded to permit all Afghan residents gathered on the border to enter the Pakistani aspect, which was rejected by Pakistani authorities, an official on the border advised Anadolu Agency over the telephone, on the situation of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Hundreds of Afghan residents gathered on the border to enter Pakistan after rumours that Islamabad has opened its border, which is closed since July attributable to a spike in Covid-19 circumstances within the nation.

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“We are facilitating ailing people and allow them to enter for treatment in Pakistani hospitals,” the official stated, including that Islamabad additionally facilitates the evacuees who’re going overseas.

Some journalists on their technique to the Afghan capital Kabul by way of the Torkham border have additionally been caught on the border after the Taliban closed it for pedestrians from Pakistan, whereas the commerce actions are happening easily.

Since August 15, when the Taliban took over the management of Kabul, over 30,000 Afghans returned to their homeland by way of the Torkham border from Pakistan and a few 4,000 entered Pakistan, in line with officers.

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However, Islamabad remains to be barring its residents from coming into Kabul after the previous Afghan authorities collapsed and president Ashraf Ghani fled.

Since then, Pakistani authorities closed the border for hours shortly after the Nangarhar province fell to the Taliban adopted by a fast seize of Kabul.

But they later reopened the most important crossing level for bilateral commerce after reaching an understanding with the Taliban native leaders as tons of of vehicles loaded with recent fruits and different meals objects have been stranded on the border.

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