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Torkham gate closed after dispute with Pakistani forces

Torkham gate closed after dispute with Pakistani forces

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May 10, 2016 - 19:45

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Torkham gate on the Durand Lineinfo-icon have been closed for passengers on Tuesday after a dispute between Afghan and Pakistani forces, an official said.

An Afghan shopkeeper in Torkham, Javed Shina, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Pakistani border security guards were trying to extend a barbed wire near their security checkpoints along the Durand Line, but Afghan Border Police (ABP) prevented them and the border police of both countries took positions against each other. 

Shops near Torkham gate were closed and the gate between the two countries has been blocked for travelers, he said. 

Commander of 302nd brigade of border police, Col. Ayub Husainkhel, said the Pakistani security forces wanted to extend barbed wire but the police prevented them.  

A meeting was held between the local officials of both sides in Torkham, he said while expecting that the issue would be resolved soon.

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