A Pashtun man passes a road sign while pulling supplies towards the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing. – File photo by Reuters
A Pashtun man passes a road sign while pulling supplies towards the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing. – File photo by Reuters

LANDI KOTAL, Jan 2: The guards posted at Torkham border here on Wednesday sent back hundreds of Afghan nationals to Afghanistan when they failed to produce legal travel documents.

The border guards and immigration staff at Torkham have intensified checking of passports and visas of Afghan nationals, entering Pakistan for multiple purposes, after Afghan police tortured 29 Pakistani labourers and three transporters on December 22 and 28 respectively.

The Afghan officials, posted at the other side of the border, made announcements through loudspeakers and urged their countrymen to go back if they didn’t possess valid passports and visas.

Both the countries had agreed after the three incidents of torture of each other’s nationals by police and sleuths of intelligence agencies for no apparent reason that neither side would allow its people to cross the border without legal travelling documents.

Ambulances carrying patients and Pak-Afghan Friendship Bus were also returned to Pakistan by the Afghan guards after Pakistani authorities denied entry to Afghan nationals without documents.

The Pakistani officials had closed the border on December 22 and December 28 to protest the ill-treatment of Pakistanis at the hands of Afghan police near Kabul. Unidentified persons also forcibly disembarked some Afghan nationals from vehicles and beat them near Torkham border on December 27 when they were on their way to Peshawar.

The border was reopened on both occasions after intervention of officials of foreign offices of both the countries with mutual agreement that the incidents would be thoroughly investigated and efforts would be made to prevent occurrence of such incidents in the future.

Both the governments also agreed that they would not confiscate the passports of their respective nationals and would facilitate them in getting visas.

After imposition of fresh restrictions by officials of both the countries, hundreds of people from both the sides remained stranded at the border. The local people, who were never been asked in the past to produce any document while crossing the border as they frequently go and come back several times a day, have been hit hard by the fresh restrictions.

The unusual rush of pedestrians also hampered movement of vehicles on both sides of the border and affected supply of goods to Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani officials said that they would not accept the refugees cards issued to Afghan nationals by the Afghan Commissionerate in Peshawar as those cards had already expired on December 31.

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rick
Jan 03, 2013 03:40pm
quetta does not belong to pak
FR
Jan 03, 2013 06:34pm
Is there any govt in PK??? or In Afghanistan??
Aht
Jan 03, 2013 08:09am
Legal Document mandatory to enter any country. Government should follow this rule strictly.
AKRAM KHAN
Jan 03, 2013 08:05pm
thankyou gov pakistan ,,the only good move
Najma Rafique Ansari
Jan 03, 2013 03:39pm
It is good that at least Pakistani authorities are not allowing anyone without valid documents but Afghanistan has no health facilities, patients etc be allowed on humanitarian grounds.
Sunny Aneel
Jan 03, 2013 08:18pm
A good step, hope this should continue. Afghans have ruined our country.
israr
Jan 04, 2013 01:10am
This shows that there is no respect for pak afghan border,people cross it like a local security check-post,even that may be difficult to cross than this.Why,are they very friendly countries,and is not it a root cause of many evils on both sides and more harmful than beneficial?
Ghalib Khan
Jan 03, 2013 08:43am
Good move, by Pakistan
F Hyat
Jan 07, 2013 01:42am
I think ' The Great Wall of Pakistan' should be built along its borders. Enough is enough. There is no country in the world where people can go in and out without proper documents.
Soldat Amir
Jan 08, 2013 10:57am
I Agree, we should also build a great wall of UK against all immigrants from Pakistan who flood the country, loot its benefits, refuse to learn English and live on hand outs. I think no country in the world where two races lived together till the creation of a Pakistan had divided them.
Liaqat Yousufzai
Jan 04, 2013 12:25pm
Borders are becoming less and less significant in Europe but in our part of the world it is different. All this because of the flawed policies on both sides of the border. The policies are flawed because they are neither made in Islamabad nor in Kabul but they are imposed from outside.
G.A.
Jan 03, 2013 04:26pm
"The local people, who were never been asked in the past to produce any document while crossing the border as they frequently go and come back several times a day, have been hit hard by the fresh restrictions." - and the 'geniuses' in the Pakistani establishment can't figure out how illegal weapons are flowing into the country.
Sherry Manzoor
Jan 03, 2013 10:32am
about time the Afghanis should return to Afghanistan ..
TL
Jan 03, 2013 10:20am
I am surprised that immigration controls on Pak-Afghan border are so lean and lax. There should be no movement in and out without legal documentation, especially considering the considering the number of Afghan's who are living illegally in Pakistan, not just as refugees, and who have managed to illegally acquire identification documents in Pakistan.
Iftikhar Husain
Jan 03, 2013 01:10pm
It is a good move.
sk
Jan 03, 2013 04:03pm
Afghans are the root cause of terrorism, drug smuggling and general security issues in Pakistan. After 30 years of playing good host to them these people are not even our well wishers.
Fakhar Muneer
Jan 03, 2013 11:26am
Good
Salman
Jan 05, 2013 12:43am
A smart move by both governments. It may cause hardship on the common people but may be required to improve security. Perhaps, as that area is semi autonomous both gov should allow visa free travel with a valid travel doc or enhanced ID. I am not suggesting introduction of a new travel doc as that would hit hard on Gov Chequers but rather utilize existing form of IDs issued by both Gov.
Nazir K Ali
Jan 05, 2013 03:56am
No more Afghans, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chechens, Dagestanis, etc. We cannot look after ourselves what to talk of millions of others. The archaic tribal customs and traditions are outdated and irrelevant. No more catering to the needs of outsiders when we cannot feed our own. If we cannot protect our borders and reconstruct our nation, then do away with the present undemocratic system and let the Council of Islamic Ideology, formulate a system based on Islamic principles. Salams