Torkham border remains closed for 4th day as talks fail

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LANDIKOTAL: The Torkham border remained closed for the fourth consecutive day Friday after four round of talks between Pakistani and Afghan authorities failed to reduce the tension over installation of barbed wire and fencing in Pakistani territory.
Hundreds of stranded passengers including women and children stayed in mosques, hotels and other empty buildings at Torkham, Landikotal and nearby areas. They were anxiously waiting for opening of the border so that they could start their journey towards their destination.
Dozens of trucks and trailers loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables are stranded on the Pakistani side of the border. The transporters were seen placing ice-blocks in the vegetables and fruit to keep it from becoming rotten.
The Pak-Afghan border at Torkham was closed on Tuesday after the situation became tense between the border security forces of the two countries over the issue of fencing, sources said.
The Pakistani officials had undertaken the work to check illegal movement on the border.

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