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Afghanistan, Pakistan announce ceasefire after three-day clashes at Torkham

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed on ceasefire after three days of clashes at Torkham, one of the two main crossings at the Durand Line, said officials.

Clashes started between Afghan and Pakistani forces on Sunday around 9:00 pm when the latter tried to erect a gate without informing the former. According to an agreement signed between the two countries, installations and construction along the Durand Line by one party must be discussed with the other party.

Three Afghan border policemen and two children were killed and 17 border police were wounded after temporary clashes between Afghan and Pakistani forces at Torkham during the past three days. Pakistani forces also sustained casualties in the incident.

“Productive meeting hold with relevant Pakistan leadership on Torkham issue and agreed on ceasefire,” said Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal.

The Afghan ambassador tweeted that both sides “agreed on ceasefire, de-escalation of tension, draw down of military buildup and steps forward for an amicable solution.”

Confirming the ceasefire, Nangarhar Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi said that war would not benefit any country.

He also assured people that the government would not let anyone to have any kind of activity in Torkham area inside Afghan soil.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Presidential Palace said that President Ghani held a meeting with political and national figures of the country to discuss the issue of Torkham.

High ranking government officials, politicians, national figures, and lawmakers attended the meeting, where all participants including Chief Executive agreed to address the issue through diplomatic channels.

The participants commended Afghan security forces for their preparation to defend the Afghan territory.

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