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Hundreds of Afghans refused entry at Torkham
[Dawn] The guards posted at Torkham border here on Wednesday sent back hundreds of Afghan nationals to Afghanistan when they failed to produce legal travel documents.

The border guards and immigration staff at Torkham have intensified checking of passports and visas of Afghan nationals, entering Pakistain for multiple purposes, after Afghan police tortured 29 Pak labourers and three transporters on December 22 and 28 respectively.

The Afghan officials, posted at the other side of the border, made announcements through loudspeakers and urged their countrymen to go back if they didn't possess valid passports and visas.

Both the countries had agreed after the three incidents of torture of each other's nationals by police and sleuths of intelligence agencies for no apparent reason that neither side would allow its people to cross the border without legal travelling documents.

Ambulances carrying patients and Pak-Afghan Friendship Bus were also returned to Pakistain by the Afghan guards after Pak authorities denied entry to Afghan nationals without documents.

The Pak officials had closed the border on December 22 and December 28 to protest the ill-treatment of Paks at the hands of Afghan police near Kabul. Unidentified persons also forcibly disembarked some Afghan nationals from vehicles and beat them near Torkham border on December 27 when they were on their way to Beautiful Downtown Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
Posted by:Fred