Pakistan moves more troops, weapons to Durand Line
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): As sporadic gunfire was traded across the Torkham border on Tuesday, Pakistan said it had moved more troops and weapons to their tense border.
A Peshawar-based army officer confirmed the dispatch of heavy weaponry and additional troops to the border on Monday night. He said Pakistan would build the gate at Torkham at all costs.
The Torkham border crossing, meanwhile, stayed closed for a third day, leaving thousands stranded on either side. The crowds, including women and children, had to brave scorching heat.
Asim Bajwa, Pakistan’s military spokesman, tweeted: “This gate (is) considered essential to check and verify documentation of all border crossers,”
A curfew in the Landikotal town, meanwhile, was lifted on Tuesday. But a highly tense situation persisted in Torkham, where business and trade activities remained suspended.
Hundreds of trucks and trailers loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables are stranded on both sides of the border. A long queue of vehicles can be seen on the Pakistani side of the frontier.
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