4 die as Torkham border gate stays shut
Pakistani border guards once again shut the Torkham gate at 8.30am, stranding a large number of Afghans, including the sick and elderly, the border police commissioner said.
Col. Hidayatullah Orya told Pajhwok Afghan News four sick people lost their lives as a result of Pakistani guards’ refusal to let them cross the border.
Sahibzada, a shopkeeper in the border town, claimed the gate closure had led to testy exchanges between Pakistani and Afghan border guards.
Last week, the Pakistani government announced the border would be sealed on polling day on May 11 for security reasons. However, the guards shut the gate ahead of that date.
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