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Kabul launches efforts to resolve Torkham issue

Kabul launches efforts to resolve Torkham issue

Jun 01, 2016 - 16:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Wednesday said it had launched serious efforts at resolving the Torkham border crossing issue with Pakistaninfo-icon.

Pakistan had previously announced Afghans lacking a valid visa and passport would not be allowed to enter the country through the Torkham border crossing from June. The new restrictions went into effect on Wednesday.

Afghan officials on Wednesday confirmed the Pakistani authorities did not allow Afghans not having visa and other travel documents to enter the country through Torkham border crossing.

Afghanistaninfo-icon National Security Council spokesman Tawab Ghorzang told Pajhwok Afghan News the Afghan government through diplomatic channels and the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad had started efforts to resolve the issue with Pakistan.

“The Afghanistan government has very seriously started its efforts to resolve the matter,” he said.

On his Facebook page, the Afghan ambassador in Islamabad, Dr. Omar Zakhiwal, explained his position on the issue.

“The issue of Afghans must have a visa to cross the Torkham border was announced by the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul some time ago, but I have not been officially consulted on the issue so far.”

He said he had been unofficially trying over the past few days to reach the depth of the matter.

He said he was told by Pakistani officials on Tuesday evening that the issue had been discussed by the Afghanistan-Pakistan security coordination commission a few months ago and the Pakistani side had officially conveyed the decision to the Afghan Ministry of Defence.

The ambassador said the Afghan Ministry of Defence had referred the issue to the National Security Council.

Zakhilwal said he had launched efforts to gain more information about the issue and take further steps to resolve it.


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