Torkham border crossing ‘back to normal’

The Torkham border crossing was reopened to all traffic as per usual early on Saturday morning, Taliban officials in Nangarhar said.

The border crossing was closed to traffic over the past six days and was reopened for a short time during this time, leaving thousands of trucks stranded on both sides.

The Torkham border crossing, which has been closed and reopened twice in the last six days, was reopened “conditionally” on Friday morning after talks between Taliban and Pakistani officials.

Thousands of trucks were waiting on both sides of the border to enter Pakistan and from there to Afghanistan for the past six days. Investors and truck drivers said the closure of the border crossing has caused huge financial losses to them.

The Taliban closed Torkham on Sunday evening. After that, members of the group clashed with Pakistani soldiers in the “Dor Baba” area near the border crossing, in which two members of the Taliban were killed.

A day after that, the Pakistani military and the Taliban clashed again.

Amidst these events, a high-ranking Pakistani delegation led by Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif visited Kabul and held talks with Taliban officials, mainly about rising threats of insurgent groups, including Daesh and TTP, in the region.

Pakistan is considered one of the biggest trade partners of Afghanistan in terms of export and import. Afghanistan has five trade crossings with Pakistan, of which Torkham is the most important in terms of trade volume.