Afghanistan: Torkham crossing reopened after four-day closure

Torkham crossing, Nangarhar province. File photo.

The Torkham crossing, a major transit gate between Afghanistan and Pakistan, was reopened on Monday after a four-day closure by the Pakistani government.

The crossing was reopened for transit and passengers on Monday morning, according to Abdul Jabar Hekmat, a Taliban official at the crossing.

Pakistani officials had closed the gate five days earlier, citing the relocation of passport and visa entry-exit service compounds as the reason for the closure.

The closure left hundreds of people on both sides in dire conditions, with patients, women, and children waiting in hot weather to cross the border.