On Wednesday, the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham was shut down following a clash between the security forces of both countries over the construction of a bunker on the Afghan side, according to officials.
An official stationed at the Torkham border, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the Interim Afghanistan government was erecting a bunker on a hilltop near the border. Pakistani authorities had requested the Afghan side to halt construction, citing a violation of international law, but their request was not heeded.
“Pakistani and Afghan officials engaged in discussions but were unable to resolve the matter, and suddenly, Afghan troops began shelling the Pakistani side of the border,” the official stated.
Multiple mortar shells were fired from the Afghan side, some landing near Customs, FIA, and other offices. One mortar shell struck a mosque on the Pakistani side of the border, while another landed in the Bacha Mena border village, fortunately causing no human casualties.
The exchange of gunfire commenced at 2 p.m. and continued for approximately three hours. A Frontier Corps soldier named Maqsood sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to a hospital.
As a result of the border closure, thousands of passengers, including patients, women, children, as well as loaded and empty trucks, were stranded on both sides of the border. Numerous government and private offices were closed as a safety precaution.