On Friday, the main border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan reopened after nine days. Vehicles resumed using the Torkham gateway after talks between the two neighboring countries. The 2,600km border between the two countries was closed on September 6 after a gun battle between frontier guards over the construction of a checkpoint.
Over the past nine days, thousands of drivers faced problems as they were stranded with their goods-laden trucks. Muhammad Noor Ahmedzai, president of the Pak-Afghan Transporters Association, said that about 1,300 vehicles carrying various commodities had been stuck at the border: “We appeal to both governments not to shut the border because of political issues. Trade should not be sacrificed as it is a source of livelihood for tens of thousands.”
“The vegetables and fruit perished in numerous vehicles. Some drivers on the Afghan side were able to sell the perishable commodities at throwaway prices through auctions. But many suffered losses.”