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Officials on both sides said the crossing had reopened after Kabul and Islamabad reached an agreement.
“To reopen the pass there were central and regional level negotiations,” Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Afghanistan´s Nangarhar provincial governor, said on Saturday. Military reinforcements that had been sent to the area had been ordered to leave and crossborder traffic had returned to normal after having been stalled for a week.
Thousands of vehicles normally pass through the crossing every week, making it a vital trade link between the countries. As part of the agreement, officials said all Afghans would need official documents to pass into Pakistan.
Pakistan security forces have greeted the consensus over the issue by forwarding pleasantries including dates and mangoes to Afghan troops.
Army had started building a gate some 37 metres within Pakistan’s territory to maintain a check on the travelers and end movement of banned outfits’ operatives in Pakistan through Torkham. Afghanistan claimed that the construction was against some understandings between the two sides.
However, third round of flag meeting last night was successful after which the border was opened at 8:12 am Saturday.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman posted a message on Twitter saying: “Only passport holders allowed from Afghan side.”
The new requirement will affect thousands of people who formerly crossed the busy border post without travel documents.