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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

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.

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