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Pakistan and the Taliban fail to agree on border crossings

According to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, recent talks between the Taliban and Pakistan on border crossings have failed to reach an agreement on visa-free travel for those accompanying patients traveling to Pakistan for medical treatment.

The two sides met on Wednesday to hammer out a deal on visa-free travel for people with medical needs, truck drivers and people with emergency situations. 

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The issue arose in February when the Taliban unilaterally closed the Torkham border for a week after a dispute with Pakistan. The Afghan side claimed a breach of commitment, which resulted in the closure.

The two sides also discussed the challenges faced by Afghan truck drivers and immigrants who lack identification cards necessary for travel between the two countries. Not reaching an agreement, they agreed to escalate the matter to higher authorities in Islamabad.