Pakistan opens Torkham border for Afghan citizens, only pedestrians are allowed

Pakistan opens Torkham border for Afghan citizens, only pedestrians are allowed

 Pakistan on Tuesday reopened its Corfum border for Afghan citizens. During this time only pedestrians have been allowed to move. Earlier on Monday, the Taliban had closed the Torkham border after Islamabad rejected the demand of Afghan citizens to enter Pakistan.

On Monday, hundreds of people gathered to cross the Torkham border to enter Pakistan after rumors spread among Afghan citizens that Pakistan had opened its doors to them. According to Mansoor Arshad, Deputy Commissioner of Khyber District, the border has been reopened for citizens of both countries to return to their respective countries, The Express Tribune reported.

Trade activities between Pakistan and Afghanistan are going smoothly. More than 30,000 Afghan nationals have returned to their country through the Torkham border, while more than 3,000 Pakistani nationals have returned to Pakistan since the Taliban captured Afghanistan on August 15, The Express Tribune reported.

Recently, Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that his country was not going to build any new camps to give shelter to Afghan refugees trying to escape from Afghanistan. After visiting the Torkham border, Rashid said that there are already about three million Afghan refugees in the country and there were reports that people were gathering at the border and trying to enter Pakistan.

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