Torkham border crossing reopens after brief closure due to scuffle between Pakistani forces

TORKHAM, Afghanistan — The Torkham border crossing, a key conduit between Afghanistan and Pakistan, was reopened to traffic Sunday, four hours following a closure prompted by a clash among Pakistani forces, as reported by a Taliban official via the Taliban-operated national broadcaster.

Abdul Jabbar Hikmat, the Taliban-appointed commissioner in Torkham, attributed the morning’s temporary shutdown to a confrontation between the Frontier Corps (FC) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan. The incident resulted in the injury of at least 13 Pakistani officials, according to sources.

The crossing, which serves as a critical passageway for both countries, ceased operations around 10 a.m. local time before resuming later in the day.