Trade resumes as Pakistan, Afghanistan reopen Torkham border


PESHAWAR, Pakistan– The regular trade and motion of individuals in between Pakistan and Afghanistan totally resumed on Saturday after the 2 sides resumed an essential border crossing that was shut almost a week back by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, stranding individuals and countless trucks bring food and vital products.

The Afghan embassy in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, revealed the resuming of the Torkham verge on Saturday on Twitter Pakistani authorities and Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed administrator in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province likewise validated that the border crossing is open to guests and trade.

The statement triggered a wave of delight amongst those who had actually been awaiting the resuming of the worldwide trade path considering that Sunday, when Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers closed the crossing. The Taliban had actually declared Islamabad was not following a contract with Kabul to permit ill Afghan clients and their caretakers to cross into Pakistan without travel files for healthcare.

Last Monday, Afghan Taliban forces and Pakistani border guards exchanged fire, injuring a Pakistani soldier. Ever since, authorities from the 2 sides remained in speak to deal with the concern in the middle of needs from individuals on both sides to instantly resume the crossing.

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s defense minister, Khawaja Mohammad Asif, and secret service chief, Lt. Gen. Anjum Nadeem, took a trip to Kabul on an unannounced however formerly arranged check out and satisfied senior Taliban authorities to go over the closure and other concerns.

After the see, the crossing was quickly resumed by the Afghan Taliban to enable a few of the countless trucks that had actually lined up for days at the border– lots of with veggies, fruits and other disposable food products– to cross over and relieve the stockpile. Pakistan shut the border on Thursday, stating it required a description from the Afghan side about the abrupt closure of the border on Sunday.

Pakistani and Taliban authorities on Friday held talks and lastly consented to resume the border.

On Saturday, Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, a director of the Pakistan-Afghanistan joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated “we enjoy to validate that Torkham is completely open for trade and motion of individuals.” He stated pleased Afghan and Pakistani truck chauffeurs were crossing the essential trade path with products.

Although the Torkham border crossing is a crucial business artery and a trade path to Central Asian nations for Pakistan, the Islamic country has actually likewise implicated the Afghan Taliban of offering sanctuary for Pakistani militants whose cross-border attacks have actually caused a spike in violence in Pakistan.

Pakistan just recently alerted that it deserves to target Pakistani Taliban sanctuaries in Afghanistan if the Afghan Taliban administration stops working to control the militants, increasing the possibility of more cross-border violence. The Pakistani Taliban, called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, are a different group however allied with the Afghan Taliban, who took power more than a year ago as U.S. and NATO soldiers withdrew from the nation after 20 years of war.

The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has actually pushed the TTP, which in current months has actually stepped up attacks in Pakistan, where security forces frequently rob their hideouts.


Faiez reported from Islamabad. Associated Press author Munir Ahmed in Islamabad added to this story.

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