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Pakistan reopens main Afghan border crossing after brief closure

Pakistan reopens main Afghan border crossing after brief closure

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Pakistan says it has reopened the main border crossing with Afghanistan after it was briefly shut down following mortar fire from across the border.

The Torkham border crossing, at the top of the Khyber Pass, through which thousands of vehicles pass every week, is the main trade link between the uneasy neighbours.

Why was the border closed?

On Wednesday, Pakistan said it closed the Torkham border crossing “in order to ensure safety and security of vehicles and pedestrians. Some mortars were fired from across the border in Afghanistan and landed inside Pakistan. They caused some damage to vehicles,” Mahmood Aslam Wazir, deputy district commissioner of the area on the Pakistani side, told Reuters news agency.

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