Pakistan accuses Taliban authorities of ‘indiscriminate firing’ on the key Torkham border crossing, closed for almost per week.
Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has accused Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities of setting up “illegal constructions” at a key border crossing, calling it a violation of territorial sovereignty.
The Torkham border crossing in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been closed since Wednesday after a lethal trade of fireplace between their forces. Lots of of vans carrying important items have since been stranded on each side.
In an announcement on Monday, Pakistan’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs mentioned “unprovoked and indiscriminate firing” by Afghan forces led to the closure of probably the most important trade route between the 2 international locations.
“On the sixth of September, as an alternative of a peaceable decision, Afghan troops resorted to indiscriminate firing, focusing on Pakistan navy posts, damaging the infrastructure on the Torkham Border Terminal, and placing the lives of each Pakistani and Afghan civilians in danger, once they had been stopped from erecting such illegal constructions,” it mentioned.
The assertion got here a day after talks between the 2 international locations on reopening the Torkham crossing failed.
On Saturday, the Taliban authorities accused the Pakistani safety forces of firing on its troops once they had been repairing an “outdated safety put up”. It mentioned Islamabad was “inflicting hindrances and delays” in opening the transit level.
“[The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan] reminds the Pakistani aspect that such actions are detrimental to the commerce of Afghanistan, area and nationwide financial system of Pakistan, which is closely dependent probably the most on exports within the present state of affairs,” mentioned the Afghan assertion.
Pakistan has alleged the Afghan forces had been “illegally” constructing a brand new border put up, which led to final week’s trade of fireplace between the guards. The Taliban mentioned two of its guards had been killed within the firing.
The Torkham border closure got here as relations between the 2 international locations stay frosty, with Pakistan repeatedly urging Afghanistan to manage the motion of armed attackers and cease them from getting into its territory.
Afghanistan denies the allegation that it permits its soil for use by armed teams to launch assaults on different nations.
Pakistan’s allegation follows a surge in armed attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces for the reason that Taliban got here to energy in 2021.
Most such assaults are claimed by the outlawed Pakistan Taliban, additionally identified by the acronym TTP, which is ideologically aligned with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
On the day of the Torkham firing, TTP claimed to have attacked two navy checkposts in distant Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing 4 Pakistani troopers. No less than 12 TTP fighters additionally died within the assaults.