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Pakistan reopens Torkham border

Pakistan reopens Torkham border

May 01, 2013 - 12:00

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Pakistaninfo-icon reopened the Torkham border crossing in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, a day after four Afghan patients died, an official said.

A Pakistani official told Afghan News on condition of anonymity the travelers with valid documents were allowed to cross the frontier at 10am in compliance with orders from higher-ups.

Col. Hidayatullah Orya, the border police commissioner, verified the reopening of the border. However, he said the Afghans with refugee registration cards were not allowed entry into the neighbouring country.

A shopkeeper in Torkham, Khaksar, said the problem was yet to be adequately addressed: “Many children, womeninfo-icon and the elderly remain stranded on the Afghan side of the Durand Lineinfo-icon.”

On Tuesday, four sick people lost their lives as a result of Pakistani guards’ refusal to allow them entry. Given the lack of appropriate healthinfo-icon facilities in the country, most people from eastern parts of Afghanistaninfo-icon take their patients to the northwestern city of Peshawar for medical treatment.

Earlier in the day, Landikotal Assistant Political Agent Dr Azmat Wazir said: “We have closed the border and will continue to keep it closed until people have the required documents.”



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