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the construction work on gate at Torkham was started in the evening on Tuesday and the Afghan security forces again resorted to firing at Pak security forces to stop the construction work but till filing the report the construction work on gate was continuing.
Local sources said the authorities have warned the people to keep their houses’ lights off and remain inside their houses. Locals said they heard heavy artillery sounds in the surrounding areas of Landikotal.
Torkham border remained closed for all sort of traffic and curfew was still imposed in the town. The locals of Landikotal having business of hotels complained that their business was badly affected due to the closure of border. Local businessmen Shahid, Hedayat and Shoeb demanded the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to rethe solve the Torkham issue through talks.
Abdur Rehman Shinwari, a local of Torkham told this scribe that customs clearance agents’ business, and working of local traders, transporters and labourers at Torkham have badly suffered. He demanded the authorities to settle the dispute through diplomatic channel and negotiations. On Monday, an Afghan border police commander had also confirmed that reinforcements had been deployed to the Afghan side of the border.
In Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad, more than a thousand mourners attended funeral prayers on Tuesday for the dead Afghan soldier.
Hundreds of demonstrators burned Pakistani flags at another protest in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah. Angry protesters chanted “Death to Pakistan”.
The main gates at Torkham, the most frequented official border crossing at the end of the Khyber Pass, remained closed for a third day, leaving thousands stranded on either side.
“This gate (is) considered essential to check and verify documentation of all border crossers,” ISPR spokesman Asim Bajwa said on social media website Twitter.
Firing between Pakistani and Afghan forces first broke out on Sunday at the crossing, about 45 kilometres west of Peshawar, over the construction of a new border post on the Pakistani side. Pakistan says it is building the gate to stop militants from crossing the border.
The Pakistan-Afghanistan border has long been porous and disputed. Afghanistan has blocked repeated attempts by Pakistan to build a fence on sections of the roughly 2,200kmlong frontier, rejecting the contours of the boundary.