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Torkham border crossing closed, residents report gunfire

The primary border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan was closed on Monday, officers from the 2 sides stated, and residents within the space reported the sound of gunfire close to the usually bustling border transit level.

It was not instantly clear if Afghan or Pakistani authorities closed the Torkham border crossing, close to the Khyber Move, but it surely comes after relations between Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban and Pakistan have deteriorated sharply.

“The border is closed, we’ll share particulars later,” a spokesperson for the Taliban administration’s police pressure within the japanese Afghan province of Nangahar informed was quoted as saying by a British wire service.

Media reported that the border was closed on Sunday night however didn’t give a cause.

Pakistani army, police and authorities spokespeople weren’t instantly accessible for remark however two Pakistani safety officers within the area confirmed that the border had been closed and a few gunfire had been exchanged.

Disputes linked to the two,600 km (border have been a bone of competition between the neighbours for many years.

The Torkham border level is the primary level of transit for travellers and items between Pakistan and landlocked Afghanistan.

Mohammad Ali Shinwari, a resident of Landi Kotal on the Pakistani aspect, stated the border had been closed late on Sunday and gunfire erupted early on Monday.

“After we heard gunshots within the morning, we bought nervous and believed that troops of the 2 nations might need began combating,” he stated.

Clashes on the border have occurred for years, through the two-decade rule of Afghanistan’s US-backed authorities and for the reason that Taliban took over Afghanistan in 2021.

Clashes between Afghan and Pakistani safety forces have additionally at occasions closed the second most vital crossing between the 2 nations, at Chaman to the south.

Overseas Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari informed a safety convention in Germany on Sunday that the dangers of militancy stemming from Afghan soil might have an effect on the world.

A Taliban overseas ministry spokesperson stated later Pakistan ought to increase points in personal and never at public boards.The overseas ministry stated the Taliban administration wouldn’t enable its territory for use in opposition to different nations, notably in opposition to its neighbours.

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