Torkham border reopened

Torkham border crossing reopens the day after Pakistan’s defence and ISI chiefs visit Kabul

The Taliban in eastern province of Nangarhar has reopened the Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan for trade and travel.

Noor Mohammad Hanif, the Taliban’s head of the information and culture department in Nangarhar, said in a voice message sent to the media that “Torkham has been reopened and the problems of the people stranded on both sides of the border have been resolved.”

The Torkham crossing was closed on Sunday by the Taliban, who claimed that Pakistan had breached their commitments, although no specific details were provided. On Monday, the two sides exchanged fires, including using heavy artillary.

Afghan and Pakistan cross border traders have said they have suffered huge losses as a result of the dispute.

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Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi, director of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Reuters on Tuesday that “The closure of the border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been causing losses to traders of the two countries. There are long queues of heavy trucks stranded on both sides of the border.” 

The reopening of Torkham comes a day after the Pakistani defense minister, Khawaja Mohammad Asif, and the head of the ISI, General Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, visited Kabul.