Pakistan close Torkham border gate, 8 die in cold weather
By Sayed Jawad - Sat Dec 29 2012, 8:14 pm
A spoksman for the Afghan border protection forces Edirs Momand said thousands of people were stuck on the two sides of the border after the gate was closed on Friday.
He said at least three kids died yesterday due to cold weather and lack of proper accomodation. Afghan intelligence officials today announced at least 5 others including four kids died on the other side of the border.
Heavy raining was also reported on Pakistan and Afghanistan border on Friday.
The Torkham border gate is used for the transportation of commercial goods and the travellers are routintely using the Torkham gate to commute between Afghanistan and Pakistan however there are only a few restaurants and guesthouses which are not enough for the travellers if the gate remains closed for a longer period of time.
Afghan border protection force spokesman said efforts have been put in place to open the border gate. The border was reportedly closed after Pakistani officials claimed that Afghan security forces had misbehaved with the Pakistani citizens in Kabul.
Pakistan and Afghanistan Saturday agreed to re-open their border, which was closed due to alleged incident of beating of Pakistani truck drivers by Afghan forces.
“Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Umar Daudzai called on Pakistan’s Special Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alamgir Babar at Foreign Office, here today. The two sides discussed the recent incidents, where Pakistanis returning from Afghanistan were beaten near Kabul,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Ali Khan was quoted as having said by Pakistan’s State news agency, APP.
Khan said Afghanistan’s envoy promised that the matter would be investigated and action taken against those responsible for the incident.
“Afghan envoy has also assured that such incidents would not occur in future,” he said.
Khan said based on assurances given by Afghan Ambassador, Pakistan agreed to reopen the Pakistan-Afghanistan border which was closed since Friday. “The necessary instructions in this regard have been issued by Ministry of Interior Affairs”.