Pakistan successfully closed a key northwestern border crossing with Afghanistan to truck drivers on Saturday, Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban mentioned.
Noor Mohammad Hanif, director of Information and Culture division in Afghanistan’s japanese Nangarhar province mentioned that officers on the Torkham started asking for passports and visas from Afghan drivers.
Truckers have for years been in a position to move the border with out paperwork so they often don’t have them.
Mr. Hanif mentioned that, in response, Afghanistan is now asking Pakistani drivers for passports and visas.
In a separate assertion, the Nangarhar governor’s workplace mentioned that officers from either side are in talks to resolve the issue, and a “decision will be made soon,” it added.
The Torkham border crossing has been closed quite a few occasions in latest months, together with in September when it was shut for 9 days as a result of clashes between border forces.
On Saturday, dozens of vehicles carrying perishable objects, together with greens and fruits, waited on either side of the border for the reopening of the crossing, which is a crucial industrial artery and a commerce path to Central Asian international locations for Pakistan.
Pakistan is worried concerning the presence in Afghanistan of the Pakistani Taliban, which is an in depth ally of the Afghan Taliban. Pakistan has mentioned many Pakistani Taliban leaders and fighters have discovered sanctuary in Afghanistan and have been emboldened to hold out extra assaults on safety forces in Pakistan.
The Afghan Taliban authorities insists it doesn’t enable the Pakistani Taliban to make use of its soil to launch assaults in Pakistan.
This comes simply days after one among Pakistan’s most senior politicians, Fazlur Rehman, whose Jamiat Ulema Islam get together is thought for backing the Afghan Taliban, visited Kabul in an try to scale back lingering tensions between the 2 international locations.
Rehman was the primary senior Pakistani politician to go to Kabul because the Taliban seized energy in neighboring Afghanistan in August 2021 as U.S. and NATO troops withdrew from the nation after 20 years of battle.
Tensions additionally exist round Pakistan’s ongoing expulsion of Afghans.
Pakistan has deported greater than half one million Afghans with out legitimate papers in latest months. Pakistan has lengthy hosted about 1.7 million Afghans, most of whom fled in the course of the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation. More than half one million fled Afghanistan when the Taliban seized energy.