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Pak-Afghan border at Torkham reopened

December 29, 2012

Trucks containing Nato supplies. — Reuters Photo
Trucks containing Nato supplies. — Reuters File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham was reopened on Saturday after it was earlier shut down in protest over incidents of torture to Pakistani truck drivers by Afghan forces.

Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Mohammad Omar Daudzai, was also summoned to the Pakistani Foreign Office regarding the incidents, DawnNews reported.

According to a Foreign Office spokesperson, ambassador Daudzai was summoned to the FO in Islamabad and informed that these incidents of torture upon Pakistani citizens would not be tolerated.

The ambassador assured Pakistan that the Afghan government would investigate the matter and those responsible would be punished accordingly.

He also reassured that the Afghan government would ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.

Pakistani security guards had closed the border crossing on Friday for the second time in a week to register their protest against what they called the illegitimate treatment of Afghan police with Pakistani nationals in Afghanistan. The closure of border also effectively stopped all supplies to Afghanistan and entry of thousands of Afghan nationals into Pakistan.

According to reports, the incident was apparently a tit-for-tat response after a group of Afghan passengers were meted a similar treatment on Thursday by some unidentified people near the border on Pakistani side.