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Pakistan awaits Afghanistan's response over border management, says FO

Published Jun 02, 2016 05:20pm

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ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan has so far not responded to the measures taken by Pakistan to implement a border management system at the Torkham border in order to curb the flow of undocumented travellers, Foreign Office spokesman Nafeez Zakaria said on Thursday.

Zakaria, while briefing the media, notified that "Afghanistan’s cooperation is extremely necessary in this regard".

Editorial: Border management

Earlier on Wednesday, the Pakistani authorities had made the management system operational on one of the main border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan, disallowing those without a valid Pakistani visa to enter the country.

Afghanistan, however, did not take this decision lightly; the Afghan consulate in Peshawar closed on Tuesday for a day apparently in protest, while at the Pak-Afghan border the authorities did not allow Pakistani cargo trucks to enter Afghanistan thus leading to heavy congestion of traffic on the roads leading to the area.

The Torkham crossing has been a point of contention in recent months, as Pakistan is trying to step up its efforts to regularise and monitor the inflow of people for better security.

Estimates are that between 10,000 to 28,000 people use the Torkham border daily, with the overwhelming majority of them without proper travel documents.

Of these undocumented travellers, four were the militants who attacked the Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda earlier this year in January according to Pakistani officials.

Events such as these are the main reasons behind the Pakistani effort to control its borders.

Torkham was site of tension before as well in May when Pakistan and Afghanistan deployed tanks and armoured personnel carriers as dialogue between the two neighbors had stalled over Pakistan’s decision to fence the border crossing.

The deadlock was eventually broken and the border opened following General Raheel Sharif’s meeting with the Afghan Ambassador Omer Zakhilwal.

Apart from fencing the border, Pakistan had also decided back in April to computerise its monitoring systems at the Torkham crossing, making it mandatory for travellers to have their luggage scanned.

The requirement for travellers to show their identification and visa that came into effect this month is part of the same process to systemise the border crossing.

Torkham is but one location where state monitoring has been increased; Pakistan has established 535 security check posts on the Pak-Afghan border in order to check movement of militants and illegal aliens entering the country.

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POLITY Jun 02, 2016 05:43pm

These are serious governance crises in Pakistan. Highly unprofessional.

Taimoor khan Jun 02, 2016 06:11pm

Well done. Pakistan needs to strictly monitor its borders all around so no terrorists can sneak into. Hopefully similar measures are in place on eastern border as well.

Ibrahim Kabuli Jun 02, 2016 06:18pm

Sooner or later Afghanistan will completely cut Pakistan access to central Asian countries and no Cargo will pass via Afghanistan.

Doubtful Jun 02, 2016 06:21pm

Pukhtoons will never accept a border that divides them. This has been tried for years and failed again and again.

Cavalier Jun 02, 2016 06:30pm

I support the step by Pakistan

Waqas Jun 02, 2016 06:31pm

@Doubtful let's take this border further deep in Afghanistan so that pushtoons remains united

flying star Jun 02, 2016 06:48pm

@Taimoor khan excellent comment

flying star Jun 02, 2016 06:49pm

@Cavalier agree

Rohit Jun 02, 2016 06:54pm

@Doubtful let's take this border further deep in Afghanistan so that pushtoons remains united@Waqas

And Afghanistan will just sit and watch?

flying star Jun 02, 2016 06:57pm

Pakistan keep to make strict control on the border (put the sophesticats electronic systems ) every 50 km army camp ......good job by Pakistan

Ibrahim Kabuli Jun 02, 2016 06:58pm

@Rohit They can't handle KPK properly, let alone other half of Pakhtoons. LOL It's very funny when i see reaction of Pakistanis without even knowing ground reality what's going on in Pakhtoon areas. Kinda keyboard warriors.

schöner Tag noch Jun 02, 2016 07:09pm

@Ibrahim Kabuli what a proud moment for you right! and you are managing your part very well with shining examples. its like wont live and wont let live. right? :)

KAHN Jun 02, 2016 07:25pm

Its never too late and a great step by army. I quite like the fact that travelers bags will also be scanned, which I think is quite key. Both the sides have lost many lives and there is no issue around border control. Is it for better security of the people and country.

Raja Jun 02, 2016 07:25pm

@Waqas: "@Doubtful let's take this border further deep in Afghanistan so that pushtoons remains united"

The border should be taken deep in side pakistan. Phustoons stay united, Afghanistan & pakistan will have peace forever.

Catalyst Jun 02, 2016 07:29pm

@POLITY Spoken like a true Indian.

Catalyst Jun 02, 2016 07:31pm

@Ibrahim Kabuli And Pakistan will use China top access Central Asia. Simple.

Catalyst Jun 02, 2016 07:33pm

@Doubtful I am a Pakhtoon and I wholeheartedly support this idea. These abandoned Pakhtoonwali when they killed our kids in schools and universities.

Mohit (US) Jun 02, 2016 08:34pm

@Taimoor khan : of course similar measures are present on eastern border.. just that on the other side of Loc

Drdandy25 Jun 02, 2016 08:57pm

Very simple. .. Afghanistan never accepted Pakistan, and Pakistan hosted 3.5 millions refugees of Afghanistan. And Afghanistan is now having friendship with India. It clearly shows how loyal they are...

asad Jun 02, 2016 08:58pm

@Ibrahim Kabuli : By the way how much cargo is going to central Asia from Pakistan. Almost nil

asad Jun 02, 2016 09:12pm

@Ibrahim Kabuli: Very funny now u r telling pak pakhtoons what's going on in their area. We pakhtoon kept our watan independent unlike afghan pakhtoon where US physical and India is economical master. For ur info in pak v are 30 million and in Afg pakhtoon r merely 12 millions. As for as defence is concern we know how to defend our areas from any sides.

Alam Jun 02, 2016 09:42pm

@Ibrahim Kabuli better take care of your access to Central Asia. 17 killed 300 kidnaped on Kunduz Kathar highway.

Alam Jun 02, 2016 09:45pm

@Ibrahim Kabuli how much area is under your Govt. Control?

Doubtful Jun 02, 2016 09:52pm

@Waqas, Wait a moment, wasn't Pak Army forced last week to hand over a check post near Afghanistan?

Yaar, the wind is blowing in other direction.

Sadaf Jun 03, 2016 02:19am

@Doubtful yes and we pukhtoonkhwah will let our children die. Was any of your relative killed or hurt in charsaadah University attack or APS? I think no. I had lost my brother by one such criminal and I demand demand safety and security for my family for my children. Got should take serious measures Pakistan and Afghanistan are two seprate and not very friendly coun tries. In the name of pukhtoonwali I can't keep loosing my beloveds and neither will you

Sadaf Jun 03, 2016 02:20am

@Ibrahim Kabuli and you can't handle even handful of afghans

Faisal Jun 03, 2016 05:11am

Good initiative by Pakistan,no more free lunch to Afghans. This should have been done long before.

Faisal Jun 03, 2016 05:15am

@Ibrahim Kabuli so the only option left for you is to play the pukhtoon cards Such a cheap shot

Karachian Jun 03, 2016 06:19am

Afghanis and Pakistanis are brothers, lets fight terrorism together for peace in both countries. Afghanistan need to stop RAW using their soil to attack Pakistan.

awais Jun 03, 2016 04:27pm

This is for your safety. We're making sure no terrorist from Pakistan enter Afghanistan and cause threat to Ghani govt. Do your due now!