Firing at Torkham border left nine Pakistani civilians injured

Published: June 13, 2016
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Security forces’ personnel stand near the the Torkhan border crossing. PHOTO: INP

Security forces’ personnel stand near the the Torkhan border crossing. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Tension at Torkham border between Pakistan and Afghan forces has intensified. The firing from Afghan forces is taking place with short pauses along with shelling.

According to Express News, Pakistani security forces are retaliating to the attack with equal force. The attack from Afghan forces has left nine Pakistani civilian injured.

After the attack Pakistan has imposed a curfew in the area of Landi Kotal. All the vehicles crossing the border have been stopped near Takhta Baig check post.

Earlier on Sunday night Afghan forces opened fire at the Torkham border crossing, injuring a soldier, Pakistan Army said.

According to the military’s media wing, Afghan forces began firing as Pakistan started constructing a gate on their side of the border, as a “necessity to check unwanted and illegal movement of terrorists through Torkham.”

“At about 21:20 hours tonight, Afghan Security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani side at Torkham Gate,” the ISPR said on Sunday.

A soldier was injured due to Afghan firing, the statement said, adding that the Pakistani security forces responded to the Afghan firing effectively.

Torkham is the most frequent crossing point at Pak-Afghan border,  and most of the terrorists have been found using this gate for entry, the statement said.

Border management system starts functioning at Torkham

Meanwhile, spokesperson for Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, Attaullah Khogyani, confirmed the exchange of fire but did not provide further details.

The incident came days after Pakistan introduced a new mechanism along the border, which requires every Afghan to carry travel documents to enter Pakistan.

Earlier, thousands of Afghans living near the border would cross into Pakistan without passports and visas.

Pakistan said the new system was put in place to curb cross-border movement of militants who would take advantage of the loose border monitoring system.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Moiz
    Jun 13, 2016 - 1:53AM

    It’s time to send all Afghanis back to their mountains.
    How copyRecommend

  • Asad Khan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 2:34AM

    In my personal opinion every Pak soldier should be given a standing order to fire-up his weapons if even an iota of obstruction is made by Afghan forces while managing Pak border operations.

    regards,Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jun 13, 2016 - 4:19AM

    Indian puppet Afghanistan is desperate. They want the border as porous as can be so that NDS and RAW agents can flow through unabated.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 5:12AM

    This is an evil work of Modi’s government, see who is the beneficiary of this conflict. RAW engineered this situation to weaken Afghan-Pakistan relation.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 6:08AM

    Afghans are our brotherons, We took care of them since early eighties up till now. But they are not trustworthy friends. They protect and give safe heaven to criminals who are wanted by Pakistan. They provide space to Indian Agencies who work against Pakistan and had next work to destabilize Pakistan. Indian use Afghanistan to send insurgents in to Pakistan and keep Pak army busy around Pakistan. Enough is enough.

    Send all Afghan refugees with out any delay.
    Fence boarder all all crossings
    Any one found inside Pakistan with out ID card should be treated as enemy intruder.
    All Afghan transit facilities should be suspended unless Afghan behave himself as good neighbour.

    Any thing less than this will not work.Recommend

  • Humza
    Jun 13, 2016 - 6:33AM

    The border should be secured and all movement of people restricted until this issue is settled. Nowhere in the world are people allowed to cross international borders without proper procedure and Pakistan cannot afford to allow the unchecked movement of Afghan refugees, smugglers or militants into the country so as to see a repeat of the APS tragedy when cowards attacked little children at school. I think most people in Pakistan would want the border closed until a proper check post is organized and procedure is followed to prevent Indian agents like Ydav crossing into the country again. Civilians in Pakistan have suffered enough from the actions of Yadav and other foreign agents. They deserve to live in peace.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jun 13, 2016 - 6:41AM

    Afghanistan sends Ramadan wishes to pakistan.Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:21AM

    Giving them border crossings set such a bad precedent. Recommend

  • Ghani-Abdullah
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:27AM

    Why Pakistanis don’t get it, is it too hard to understand that you cannot construct gates or whatever along the border without consultation with Afghans! They build something on Afghanistan land and once complete they hand it over to Afghan authorities, this practise should be stoped to avoid more tensions and bloodshed and loss of lives on both sides.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:37AM

    Why don’t they care that Pakistan has nukes? Well, never mind. Let’s go on making more of them!Recommend

  • Afghan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:52AM

    Afghans have started putting Pakistanis in their placeRecommend

  • Naim Khan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 9:10AM

    Afghans are very easy to buy, but only on daily basis this what India is doing give money to Afghan government as a wage, not too much but enough to do the dirty work. We have a PM Nawaz who lives in London has no education the most illiterate PM in world, we should close the boeder with Afghanistan and all Afghans back to their country. Recommend

  • Shams
    Jun 13, 2016 - 9:53AM

    Pakistan is providing safe heavens to Afghan Taliban to kill innocent people in Afghanistan and destroy our country, during the soviet Union invasion they divided afghans into several groups in order to keep them under their control.
    Pakistan is the main enemy of Afghanistan they do not want a stable Afghanistan because they know they have occupied their land.Recommend

  • Amer
    Jun 13, 2016 - 10:07AM

    It is time to send all afghan people living in pakistan back to their country and if they do not want to go there then send them to INDIA Recommend

  • Zabith Hamdard
    Jun 13, 2016 - 10:34AM

    looking forward to the comments my opinion is that Pakistan have to leave turkham border and go back and construct gates or whatever else below Attock bridge and until the matter of Dewrand is solved Pakistan Government has no right to stay at NWFP.
    And they have to pay for what they have done in Afghanistan. Now the time of paying have reached and all Afghans know that Pakistan is our first priority enemy.
    and don’t ever say that Pakistan have helped Afghanistan by giving them shelter at Pakistan because we were living on our home land (NWFP) and for living on our home land Pakistan received more than much $ from UNHCR and other related organization’s.
    Pakistan have to pay for it also.
    Recommend

  • Jun 13, 2016 - 12:58PM

    I think it is now time that our PM or some other dignitery sat will some Afghan dignitrry and solved this by dialouge.I say this because there has been unwanted tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan for far to long and it needs to end.It is crucial that it is solved by dialouge as neither is our army expendable and nor is theirs.Recommend

  • pakistani pukhtun
    Jun 14, 2016 - 5:55AM

    @Afghan:
    this is your dreamRecommend

  • pakistani pukhtun
    Jun 14, 2016 - 5:59AM

    @Shams:
    we dint u did. Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2016 - 8:10AM

    all afghani should kick out from pakistan.the big and sours enimes of pakistan.and peshawar and torkham border should be closed for ever to bulit and save our country from thsee dangerous people’s. no one can beat pakistan.we are proud of our country.Recommend

  • Agha
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:57AM

    This is something of sheer disgrace for Pakistan. A country that is totally dependent on Pakistan is trying to put us under pressure by showing aggression on border. Pakistan must slap the Afghans and kick their butts with a FAUJI BOOT….Recommend

  • shafi
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:07PM

    @Afghans, dear ,if we were occupier of ur land, we didint then give u shelter, afte eating and staying for more than 30years in pak u havnt learn to become loyal and friendly with pak,wat else we may expect from, in soviet era we help u to get ur country free from soviet occupation, u wanna gain control over pak ,we too happy ,come on, then aghanistan will be become as our sixth province as pak population is 5 times more than afghan and we wil lrule u through democracy as democracy means rule of majorityRecommend

  • Imran
    Jun 15, 2016 - 7:13AM

    @Afghan:
    Shahbash,

    We have been giving you our places for the last 30 years inviting you into our homes and you will show us our place.

    Just how by murdering!

    In Ramadhan too.

    Shabash.

    You will understand you fired unprovoked and the response was your guard post was destroyed and one dead.

    What can you people do?

    You taken orders from idol worshippers and supposedly celebrate Ramadhan.

    Shame on you.Recommend

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