TORKHAM, 04 April: Deadline expired for Pakistani transporters to travel to Afghanistan through Torkham border on original Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) as hundred of transporters remain stranded in Afghanistan.
On April 1st authorities have allowed transporters to cross the Torkham border into Afghanistan by showing their original CNICs at the border crossing. The deadline was expired on Monday.
Transporters Union president Shakir Afridi said that up to 500 drivers and conductors have crossed the border into Afghanistan during the three-day relaxation. However, he said that only 300 drivers and conductors have returned to Pakistan so far. He said that three days relaxation was not sufficient as containers take at least four days in reaching Afghanistan and then returning back to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, thousands of loaded vehicles including trucks and containers are stranded on Pak-Afghan highway due to visa condition for drivers and conductors at Torkham border.
Shakir Afridi demanded of Pakistani authorities to issue special passing cards to Pakistani drivers and conductors for crossing the border instead of the visas condition.
While talking to TNN, political administration sources said that visa condition for drivers and conductors is part of border management.