Afghanistan reacts strongly over Torkham gate

Published: August 2, 2016
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A member of Pakistan's Frontier Corps uses binoculars to survery the border region outside Torkham, Pakistan June 16, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

A member of Pakistan's Frontier Corps uses binoculars to survery the border region outside Torkham, Pakistan June 16, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan on Monday angrily reacted to the construction of a gate at Torkham border and said Pakistan’s decision is inappropriate and violates the previous agreements.

Pakistan Army provides treatment to ailing Afghan soldier

Officials in Khyber tribal region formal inauguration is likely to be held on August 8. The opening of “Bab-e-Pakistan” was previously scheduled on August 1 but was postponed, local sources said.

Afghan and Pakistani forces were involved in exchange of fire in June after Afghanistan raised objections on the construction of the gate that caused casualties on both sides.

Pakistani officials insisted that it was constructed on Pakistani territory and was aimed at curbing illegal cross-border movement.

Firing at Torkham border left nine Pakistani civilians injured

Both sides later declared ceasefire and agreed on the formation of a bilateral mechanism to discuss all issues related to border security.

Senior Pakistani and Afghan military officials met for the first time in Kabul last week to discuss technical aspects of the border security and other affairs.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2016.

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  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 2, 2016 - 9:20AM

    Pakistan must continue strict border management system despite any pressure.Days gone when daily 50000 people traveled without passport and visa.Already we suffered a lot and still we are facing bad law and order,illegal weapons and drugs issues.Dual border managements systems one on India,Iran border and another on Afghanistan border brought us to this level.We must have one border management system.In past what we plant now we are eating.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 2, 2016 - 9:57AM

    No need to “inaugurate” the damn gate. Just get it operational so it serves the purpose it was built for. That is, to save Pakistan from Afghan terroristsRecommend

  • Humza
    Aug 2, 2016 - 10:08AM

    Unless the border is managed properly, Indian agents and criminals will continue to cross unopposed. Former US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed the obvious when he said India uses Afghanistan as a base to create mischief in Pakistan. Along with the millions of Afghan refugees are untold Indian agents who are there to cause trouble. It is imperative for Pakistan to control the border to prevent illgal migration in from Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Unknown
    Aug 2, 2016 - 10:16AM

    At least some of the terrorists from Afghanistan could be stopped through this gate. It should be completed asap Recommend

  • ceph
    Aug 2, 2016 - 10:23AM

    Pakistan should continue to do whatever serves its interest without caring for who shouts from where in the world.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Aug 2, 2016 - 11:14AM

    @FAZ:
    This gate is just a Symbol. If you think a simple gate can stop movements then you are making a very big mistake… AFG-PAK has shared border of 2000+ KM which is impossible to seal.

    Few days ago 2500+ goats of Pakistanis were stolen by Afghan bandits and there were no sign of a single police or army of Pak to stop them because it’s impossible to keep eye on 2000+ KM border.

    Try to calm down and use your brain… Being emotional won’t get you any where. You are just being emotional and jumping around like a kid. If it was that easy. U.S.A would stop Mexicans from entering USA. LOLRecommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 2, 2016 - 11:20AM

    I don’t understand on one hand Afghanistan tells us that we send terrorists in their land, and on the other hand they don’t want us to fix a gate to stop infiltration, this should have been done by Afghanistan but here when Pakistan did this they are annoyed as the knew it was Afghanis who had this facility to cross the boarder and they never want to close the border even though they keep on shouting that we r sending terrorists but do not build a gate. wow.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Aug 2, 2016 - 11:35AM

    Let them complain. The gate is the right of Pakistan. Torkham has been route of choice for any terrorist to slip through and murder our citizens. The gate is a necessity. Recommend

  • Fahim
    Aug 2, 2016 - 11:50AM

    I think we should take over qandahar and Kabul. Break Afghanistan in 4 piecesRecommend

  • onlooker
    Aug 2, 2016 - 12:03PM

    Feeling pain?? remember, you did everything at your disposal to stop India from making a barbed fence to halt intruders to its side in Kashmir! The logic is same folks, face the music…Recommend

  • onlooker
    Aug 2, 2016 - 1:30PM

    @Fahim:
    You are too weak to fight afghans!Recommend

  • bash gul
    Aug 2, 2016 - 1:35PM

    The mouse that roars. Approx fifty thousand people passing through Torkham without any document? And they are so ungrateful, who are they to dictate to us what we should do? They didn’t recognize Pakistan in the first place, and we played host to millions of Afghans. Thank God Pakistan has come to its senses and now deporting them.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Aug 2, 2016 - 1:40PM

    Not only this one gate more gates should be build on Pakistan Afghanistan borders, the whole border should be barbed wired, electronic surveillance should be installed and guarded manually
    by military, All this done each and every Afghanistan refugee should go back…The party is over the Pakistan security is at stake…Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 2, 2016 - 1:58PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Let me englighten your knowledge a bit. Who says its just the gate Pakistan is building?
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/1126353/1100km-trench-built-alongside-pak-afghan-border-balochistan/

    If its is that a symbol and if it is that difficult and “clever” Afghans will always find a way to cross over to Pakistan then why Afghan government is making a fuss over it citing that border management is creating problems for “poor” Afghans?

    PS: US, Mexico border is already fenced and even mined at many places. Trumph is taking it to the next level of building a wall similar to Israel’s wall over the Palestine border.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 2, 2016 - 2:28PM

    @FAZ:
    Think it would be nice to have a little ‘Wagah’ ceremony on our western front ! But do the Afghans know how to goosestep ? Perhaps we’ll see some little Indian putting them through their paces in the first 6 months…..?Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 2, 2016 - 2:44PM

    Behind all this Afghan cries there is Indian software running . No doubt ! Because of this gate
    creating hurdles to Indians, in entering there trained terrorists in the shape of Afghans.Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 2, 2016 - 2:45PM

    @onlooker:
    only advantage mountains only.nothing more !Recommend

  • LOL
    Aug 2, 2016 - 2:56PM

    @Hakim Afghani: are you not the same guy who said Afghans will not allow the gate to be built ?? LOOOOL.. jokes on you.Recommend

  • R
    Aug 2, 2016 - 3:58PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Are you not the same guy?, who i’ve replied to yesterday that as a campaign of CNIC’s verification is underway by NADRA and of border management by army to assure the fact that, in December, we are going to kick you out of our home. Rather, you should be ashamed of that many innocent people will have to return to war torn land because of an insane pack of Afghanis like you ‘gentleman’.Recommend

  • Sid
    Aug 2, 2016 - 4:12PM

    According to Afghans………..this region is their territory (Not yet accepted the DURAND LINE). So get on with that dispute first then think of building gates & walls. Until then try building more schools.Recommend

  • Black Diesel
    Aug 2, 2016 - 4:58PM

    @ OnLooker..

    Come on kid..let me give u some history lesson….Kashimr is a forceful annexation by India and it doesnot belong to India by any international law or whatsoever..thats why Pakistan raised concerns about it..your people are not even taught about your history accurately..Lolz…where as Afghanistan has no right upon which it can raise any concern…Afghanistan is a land locked country. Pakistan has always allowed afghanis to enter Pakistan without any restrictions..thats why they have taken our generosity for granted..
    Lock down all the border with Afghanistan palce Landmines everywhere..With in a single week the whole of Afghanistan will be on its knees begging for forgiveness from Pakistan..These people are popular for biting off the hand that feeds it…..
    SalamRecommend

  • Puppet
    Aug 2, 2016 - 5:12PM

    Afghanistan does not want to solve the problem of border crossing. Recommend

  • ramdar
    Aug 2, 2016 - 5:35PM

    @Rehmat Ali:
    ”Behind all this Afghan cries there is Indian software running…”
    If true, one must admire the power of Indian software! The world knows enough about the terrorist training camps, their organizers & locations, not to get mislead by your propaganda- thanks to the espionage network of USA, Russia, China, India…Recommend

  • Zahid Khan
    Aug 2, 2016 - 6:52PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    In this day an age it is possible to make it difficult for anyone unauthorized to cross the border illegally. Technology is getting better and easier and easier. Long Border can be easily secured by laser, armed drones which can incapacitate or even kill from a remote location. The monitoring can be done by a human or by an automated system with artificial intelligence. Before such technology is implemented there would have to have many border post to allow legal and commercial travel to continue. This is going to be expensive but it would have to be done to secure Pakistan and make sure the CPEC is successful.Recommend

  • Zahid Khan
    Aug 2, 2016 - 7:00PM

    @onlooker: It is not the same my friend. The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is a recognized international border by UN and the world except Afghanistan and probably India as well. The border between Pakistan and Kashmir is called LOC and which means Line of Control. Recommend

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