Torkham border fencing resumes on Pakistani side
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Following three days of tension between Kabul and Islamabad due to closure of the Durand Line, Pakistan has resumed fencing the border with Afghanistan, a news report said on Sunday.
The main border crossing was sealed after the Afghans asked Pakistan authorities to stop fencing at the tense frontier. However, the situation returned to normal after high-level talks between the two sides.
A day after the border reopened, Pakistan restarted installing barbed wire to plug illegal crossings.Inspector General of Frontier Corps (IGFC) Maj. Gen. Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood inspected the fencing on the Pakistani side of the border.
Accompanied by Khyber Rifles CommandantCol. Tariq Hafeez and Assistant Political Agent Rahimullah Mehsud, the IGFC was briefed on the fencing work that had been stopped due to objections from Afghan security forces.
The News International reported the controversial project resumed after Afghanistan dropped objections to the border fencing in Pakistani territory. The senior officials also met the security personnel deployed on the British-era border.
As he visited the dusty town, trucks and passenger vehicles were allowed to cross the border. Gen. Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood awarded the paramilitary troops for their vigilance at the Torkham border.
Up to 8,000 travellers and 250 trucks were allowed to cross into Afghanistan on Saturday. At least 120 trucks loaded with goods also entered Pakistan, the newspaper reported. Security measures near the border have been beefed up.
“The fencing work is being done 30 metres inside Pakistani territory, but still the Afghans protested and brought their forces backed by tanks and armoured personnel carriers to the border in an aggressive mood,” it claimed.
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