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Taliban closes Afghanistan's main crossing point with Pakistan for pedestrians

The Taliban on Monday closed the Torkham border gate, the main crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan, for pedestrian movement, a local Pakistani official said.

The move came after the Taliban demanded to allow all Afghan citizens gathered at the border to enter the Pakistani side, which was rejected by Pakistani authorities, an official at the border told Anadolu Agency over the phone, on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Hundreds of Afghan citizens gathered at the border to enter Pakistan after rumors that Islamabad has opened its border, which is closed since July due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

"We are facilitating ailing people and allow them to enter for treatment in Pakistani hospitals," the official said, adding that Islamabad also facilitates the evacuees who are going abroad.

Some journalists on their way to the Afghan capital Kabul via the Torkham border have also been stuck at the border after the Taliban closed it for pedestrians from Pakistan, while the trade activities are going on smoothly.

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