Torkham border closed after tension rises over fencing. Photo by Mehrab Afridi
Torkham border closed after tension rises over fencing. Photo by Mehrab Afridi

LANDI KOTAL, 10 May: The Pak-Afghan border at Torkham was closed for all kinds of movement following a tension between the authorities on both sides of the border.

According to sources, the tension surfaced over the fencing of the border. The Pakistani authorities were fixing barbed wire alongside the border to check illegal movement of Afghan nationals. They were interrupted by the Afghan authorities and asked to stop the fencing.

Source further said that the Pakistani authorities and the Afghan border officials held talks but failed to defuse the tension.

Col. Tariq Hafeez, Commandant Khyber Rifles and assistant political agent Landi Kotal Raheemullah Mahsud from Pakistan and Afghan police commander Zabihullah Shinwari negotiated the issue but no breakthrough was made as both the sides stood firmly by their positions.

Following the deadlock, the Pakistani authorities said the border will remain closed for all kind of movement until the fixing of the barbed wire at the border.

According to Pakistani officials the fencing was being made to keep check on the illegal cross border movement of Afghan nationals and militants.

Meanwhile, large number of people including patients, women and children are stranded in Torkham due to the closure of the border. Long queues of trucks and other vehicles could be seen on both sides of the border waiting for the reopening of the route.