Torkham border crossing shuts down amidst Pakistan’s ‘internal issues’

The Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province, east of Afghanistan.

TORKHAM, Afghanistan — The Torkham border crossing, a vital conduit for trade and transit between Afghanistan and Pakistan, was shuttered to all traffic on Sunday morning, Taliban officials announced.

Hekmatullah, the Taliban commissioner in Torkham, cited internal issues within Pakistan as the rationale for the closure, stating that the decision to shut the crossing was made by Pakistan.

Situated in eastern Afghanistan, the Torkham crossing serves as a crucial artery for trade between the two nations.

This is not the first interruption at Torkham; the passage was previously closed in January, resulting in significant financial losses for traders.