The Foreign Office once again denounced Afghanistan’s denial of international borders between the two countries as “irresponsible and unnecessary”.
“The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is internationally recognized, the regular border between the two countries is in accordance with all relevant international laws and conventions,” the Foreign Office statement said.
The statement further said that Pakistan recognizes that keeping the Torkham crossing point open for 24 hours would be an “important step towards facilitating the traders and the public on both sides”.
Rejecting Afghanistan’s response, the Foreign Office said that “such statements only reduce the peace and cooperation between the two countries and should be avoided”.
Earlier, the Afghan Foreign Ministry responded to the inauguration of Pakistan’s plan to open the Pak-Afghan border 24 hours at Torkham, saying that Kabul does not recognize the Durand Line as a formal border between the two countries.
Despite opposition to the Pakistani move, the Afghan Foreign Ministry statement could be described as a silent support of the plan to keep Torkham open 24 hours, as the statement also illustrates the benefits of the move.
The statement from Kabul said that ‘Torkham crossing will be active at all times to facilitate trade between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and further help to the patients’.
It is to be remembered that Prime Minister Imran Khan on September 18 inaugurated the terminal to keep the Torkham border open 24 hours.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that opening of this border would increase trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan and change the region as many Central Asian countries are keen to trade with Pakistan.
Construction of the new terminal on the Torkham border began after the Afghan President’s visit to Pakistan in June this year, following a request for easing of cross-border trade with Prime Minister Imran Khan.