Pakistan says no decision made to reopen Kharlachi crossing

The Kharlachi crossing, one of the main crossings between Afghanistan and Paktia, has remained closed for the sixth consecutive day following clashes between Taliban and Pakistani border forces.

Despite an earlier jirga facilitating a ceasefire and pledging to reopen the crossing, a Pakistani official, quoted by Anadolu news agency, said that no decision has been made to reopen the crossing.

“I can confirm that there is no decision yet to reopen the Kharlachi border,” a spokesman for the Kurram deputy commissioner’s office told Anadolu, without providing a reason for the closure despite the truce. “Hopefully, it will reopen soon,” he added.

The crossing is a major transit route between the two countries. Meanwhile, hundreds of trucks loaded with various goods, including perishable items, are lined up on both sides of the border.

According to traders, around 100 to 150 cargo trucks enter Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Kharlachi crossing daily.