Torkham gate must be reopened unconditionally: Zakhilwal
Afghanistan and Pakistan have deployed tanks and armoured personnel carriers along their border at Torkham after failure of talks on the fencing dispute.
Pakistan started fencing some points along the Durand Line in an attempt to plug illegal and secret border crossings a move that drew strong resistance from Afghan border guards.
Ambassador Dr. Omar Zakhilwal asked the government of Pakistan to reopen the border unconditionally and with immediate effect, as the current situation was harming bilateral ties.
On his Facebook account, Zakhilwal wrote Afghans should endure the ongoing problem in the best national interest. The ambassador urged his compatriots not to mount pressure their government to accept all demands from Islamabad.
A day earlier, Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said the Afghans were ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with their border guards if the issue was not resolved politically.
On the other hand, Nangarhar Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi hoped ongoing negotiations would lead to the reopening of border sooner rather than later.
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