Pakistan Warns Afghan Taliban Not To Build Illegal Border Structures

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Monday defended its decision to close the main border crossing with landlocked Afghanistan, saying Taliban authorities were trying to build “unlawful structures” on its territory and “resorted to indiscriminate firing” when challenged.

Traffic through the busy historic Torkham transit point for trade and travelers was suspended last Wednesday after border security forces exchanged fire, killing a Taliban guard and a civilian on the Afghan side.

“Pakistan cannot accept the construction of any structures by [the Afghan government] inside its territory since these violate its sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Monday.

She responded to a Taliban Foreign Ministry statement accusing Pakistani forces of opening fire on Afghan forces while they were doing “repair work on an old security post constructed several years ago.”


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