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Border fencing escalates Pakistan-Afghanistan tension

Truck drivers and families stranded on either side of Torkham border which has been shut for three days.

Tension at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has escalated over the fencing of a 2km area at the Torkham crossing which was stopped by the Afghan forces.

The border crossing has been closed for three days and Pakistani officials have insisted that it would remain shut until Afghanistan takes back its objection to the fencing.

Pakistan said there is infiltration of fighters from the Afghanistan side and fencing of the border was the only immediate solution to keep a check on the people crossing the border.

Families waiting to cross the border into Afghanistan said they wanted to go back to their homeland and start a new life after spending almost three decades as refugees in Pakistan.

The truck drivers complained of being stranded on the roadside without food and water for three days and urged both governments to resolve the issues on an immediate basis.

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