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Torkham clashes: Afghanistan asks US to pressurise Pak to step back

Tension between both neighbours has sparked strong reactions among Afghans in general calling the US to intervene into the matter.

By: ANI | Kabul | Updated: June 16, 2016 5:51 pm
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As the standoff between Afghanistan and Pakistan continues over the Torkham border issue, the Afghan government has asked the US to put pressure on Islamabad to step back and let diplomatic efforts resolve the dispute.

The Afghan government officials on Wednesday asked Washington to exert new pressure on Islamabad to change its border policy and to stop creating further tension.

“The Americans have always supported the position of Afghanistan and we hope that this support will continue and increase. We hope that the problems which we have with our neighbors, particularly with Pakistan, are settled through increased diplomatic pressure,” Tolo News quoted Ministry of Interior Affairs spokesman Sediq Sediqqi as saying.

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The statement from the Afghan side came after Washington said that it was closely watching the ongoing tension between both countries in the aftermath of the recent clash at Torkham border gate which has resulted in casualties on both sides.

Tension between both neighbours has sparked strong reactions among Afghans in general calling the US to intervene into the matter.

The Torkham dispute is not the first such incident. In the past too, similar incidents of firing has taken place between the two nations.

Pakistan says it is building the gate to stop militants from crossing the border.

Also Read | US voices concern over clashes at Afghanistan-Pakistan border

Firing between the two countries first broke out on Sunday after the Afghan forces prevented Pakistanis from constructing a gate at Torkham.

Afghanistan has blocked repeated attempts by Pakistan to build a fence on sections of the roughly 2,200-km-long frontier, rejecting the contours of the boundary.

Meanwhile, both Afghan and Pakistani authorities have agreed on a ceasefire at Torkham after three days of intense tensions that led to heavy clashes.

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    Omar
    Jun 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm
    Porkistan is a god dammed stain on the map of the world. This terror factory needs to be wiped out, once and for all.
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      Omar
      Jun 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm
      The world knows that Porkistan is a terrorist state. Disgusting is your statement and so is your shameless Porkistan.
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      1. Prabhat Tomar
        Jun 17, 2016 at 11:39 am
        stan was apart of INDIA, should be in INDIA, HAHAHA
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          Pras
          Jun 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm
          stan know that any violation with Islamic country, you will loose bleeding from your mouth.lt;br/gt;Be careful with any Islamc country and even China can turn out from you if ChinaOr Russia need an other country more thanstan.
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            Addan
            Jun 25, 2016 at 2:50 am
            you guys are still living in 50's. grow up
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