Pakistan halts transit of Afghan goods at Torkham over visa issues

Pakistan closed the Torkham border crossing in eastern Afghanistan to the transit of Afghan goods, citing the absence of visas and passports for drivers, according to the Taliban-controlled Bakhtar News Agency (BNA).

Esmatullah Yaqub, a Taliban commissioner in Torkham, stated on Tuesday that Pakistani authorities have decided to deny entry to Afghan drivers who lack proper passports and visas for themselves and their cargo.

Prior to this decision, drivers were able to cross the Torkham border without the requirement of a passport or visa.

The Torkham crossing stands as a vital link for trade and the transit of goods between Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, this recent development will impact the flow of goods dependent on this key border route.

This decision comes amidst the continuation of the departure of undocumented Afghan immigrants from Pakistan over the past three weeks.