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Pakistan, Afghanistan troops exchange fire at Torkham border crossing

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Crossing border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,Torkham Gate.

Pakistani border guards and Afghan Taliban forces are said to have exchanged gunfire at a key border crossing in Northwestern Pakistan on Monday.

The Taliban administration in Afghanistan closes the essential commercial and transit route between Afghanistan and Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of breaching its commitments.

The exchange of fire occurred on Monday, a day after the Pakistani troops did not allow the movement of Afghan patients for medical purposes. 

The Taliban authorities said that they had closed the Torkham border crossing following Pakistan’s failure to pledge that it would allow the movement of Afghan patients without valid travel documents for medical purposes.

Recently, Pakistan has increased security measures on its border with Afghanistan due to worsening its security situation.

Meanwhile, a day before officials’ closing of Torkham gate, TTP warned Pakistan’s government of more attacks against police officers. The warning came after the attack on Karachi Police Chief Office which eight people were killed, including five terrorists and three police personnel and several others were injured.

As a result, Pakistan has tightened security measures and controls at the border crossing with Afghanistan due to security concerns and the movement of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and other militants, according to officials.

On several occasions, Pakistani officials have accused Afghanistan’s current de facto government of not conducting operations against TTP sanctuaries.

However, the Taliban authorities refused the allegations and claimed they would not allow any group or individuals to use Afghanistan’s soil against Pakistan or other neighbouring nations.

During the past one and half years, there were several faceoffs between the Taliban and the Pakistani border troops in the two border crossings, Torkham and Chaman.

On the other hand, Pakistan is Afghanistan’s first trading partner since the Taliban took control of the country. At the same time, Afghanistan can play a bride role for Pakistan to reach Central Asian gas and oil-rich countries. 
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