Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on ceasefire at Torkham border

Published: June 15, 2016
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Reconstruction works have been started to fix the destruction of Torkhan border gate. PHOTO: AFP

Reconstruction works have been started to fix the destruction of Torkhan border gate. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Army and Afghan forces have halted firing across the border, reaching a ceasefire at the Torkham border, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The forces from both sides have raised white flags giving a sign of peace and ceasefire, sources said.

Meanwhile, the reconstruction works have already been started to fix the destruction of Torkhan border gate.

Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on ceasefire along Torkham border: Abdullah Abdullah

Earlier during the day, Pakistani Army fired heavy artillery at Afghan forces at their main Khyber Pass border crossing, an escalation after days of clashes that have killed four people and stranded thousands on both sides.

Relations between the US allies have never been close but have been strained over the past 15 years by Afghan accusations that Pakistan supports the Taliban who are fighting to unseat the US-backed government in Kabul.

However, the government in Islamabad and the military deny the claim.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Good news
    Jun 15, 2016 - 10:29PM

    Good news: “Meanwhile, the reconstruction works have already been started to fix the destruction of Torkhan border gate.”
    If Afghanistan again seeks to stop Pakistan from building check posts on the Durand line for keeping away terrorists that cross over from Afghanistan then Pakistan should stop transit facilities to Afghanistan until such time that this facility is given in exchange for the recognition of the Durand Line.
    Meanwhile, all Afghans that do not have valid documentation should be deported and those entering afresh (without valid travel documents) must be arrested and sent back.Recommend

  • abc
    Jun 15, 2016 - 11:54PM

    Next time we must call for close air support and teach them a lesson to rememberRecommend

  • Midas
    Jun 15, 2016 - 11:55PM

    Still have to be careful with this ungrateful lot. This is exactly how India played when East Pakistan was separated – that Pakistan forces were engaged on two fronts India and Mukti bahni; and this time they are getting Afghanistan to do their dirty work and the carrot is Pukhtoonastan.Recommend

  • Jasuan
    Jun 16, 2016 - 2:33AM

    East of Durand line upto Indus belongs to Afghans.Recommend

  • Malakand
    Jun 16, 2016 - 3:31AM

    The issue is not the gate, there always been gate there to search for illegal items and legal travel documents for non-Pashtun entering either country. Travel documents for Pashtuns are not required and no government will be allowed to ask for travel documents from Pashtuns visiting their relatives on either side of the so called international border.Recommend

  • Akram
    Jun 16, 2016 - 6:12AM

    @Jasuan:
    and you belong in a mental institution.Recommend

  • Anz
    Jun 16, 2016 - 7:45AM

    Pakistan got scared and raised the white flag :))Recommend

  • alpha
    Jun 16, 2016 - 8:14AM

    @Jasuan:
    go get it from the british to whom you have given itRecommend

  • Forget it
    Jun 16, 2016 - 8:21AM

    @Malakand:
    “Travel documents for Pashtuns are not required and no government will be allowed to ask for travel documents from Pashtuns visiting their relatives on either side of the so called international border.
    This time around we might require travel documents.
    We should have done that a long time ago. Recommend

  • Jun 16, 2016 - 1:56PM

    The work on the gate or gates must carry on and may be name after Martyr Maj Chengazi. Next time if Afghani attack then Pakistan may go on offensive combat operation instead of defensive. Jalalabad is part of Khyber agency just occupied the are and join it with Khyber, Dismantle the Afghan authority. Its law less area for Afghanistan. If any referendum are taken in the area they will happily join KP any way. Raising the the Duran line issue don,t mean they stand for any geographical change that mean to live with Pakistan. Recommend

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