Dozens of people held a demonstration around Torkham area in Nangarhar province to protest the closing of the crossing by Pakistan.
The protestors said that Pakistan has been repeatedly closing the Torkham crossing under various pretexts during fruits and vegetable season. They called on the officials of Afghanistan and Pakistan to resolve their political issues through diplomatic paths.
“When the season of fruits and vegetables arrives, you (Pakistan) close the path, make problems. You attack our checkpoints. Why?” said Wahidullah, a trader.
“The problems which are among the governments, you should solve it by any means, we don’t have any problems with it. But please don’t make obstacles for the transports,” said Farman Gul Shinwari, head of the free transport union in Nangarhar.
“Our call and proposal to Pakistan is to reopen the path so the problems of the people on both sides are solved,” said Faridon Khan Momand, a former member of the parliament.
Meanwhile, Mumtaz Zahra Baluch, spokesperson of Pakistan’s foreign ministry, reacted to the statement of the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry regarding the closure of Torkham crossing, saying that the statement comes as a “surprise as the Interim Afghan authorities know fully well the reasons for the temporary closure of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham.”—Tolonews