PESHAWAR: A ‘Welcome to Pakistan’ signboard intended to greet travelers from Afghanistan instead triggered the shutdown of the Torkham Border between the two countries on Wednesday.
Sources reported that Afghan authorities at the border had a dispute with Pakistan border security forces over the signboard, leading to the closure of the crossing point. Torkham Border is the main crossing point and trade route between the two nations.
The disagreement has resulted in a significant disruption in Pak-Afghan bilateral trade, halting both export and import activities.
What initially started as a dispute over a signboard has now escalated to the point where the border is slated to remain closed indefinitely for trade.
This recent development adds a layer of complexity to the already delicate trade relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, raising concerns about the economic impact on businesses and communities dependent on cross-border exchanges.
As both nations navigate the intricacies of this dispute, the future of trade activities at the Torkham border remains uncertain.