The Torkham border crossing, a critical channel for trade and movement between Afghanistan and Pakistan, is slated to recommence standard operations from Friday after an eight-day halt.
The shutdown ensued after Pakistan alleged that Afghanistan was erecting a new facility on its land, which escalated to a skirmish between the armed forces of both nations.
This interruption led to the stranding of numerous trucks and individuals at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Being a landlocked nation, Afghanistan depends heavily on its transit trade pact with Pakistan for external trade activities.
Asmat Ullah Yaqub, the official overseeing Torkham border matters, confirmed the resumption of the crossing. He noted, “The gate will resume regular operations for transit and travelers at eight in the morning tomorrow.”
Reliable sources indicated that Islamabad pegged the reopening to the retreat of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters from the Chitral district. Ground reports affirm that the TTP has fully retreated from the border zones following Kabul regime’s intrusion.
Earlier today, Foreign Office Representative Mumtaz Zahra Baloch maintained that the border closure was a temporary measure and anticipated developments in the upcoming days.