• publish: 13 April 2016
  • time: 7:24 am
  • category: International
  • No: 3765
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Disorder at Torkham border leads to Afghan woman, child’s death

An Afghan woman and a young girl died while 12 others fainted on Tuesday because of mayhem at Torkham border crossing after the authorities refused to let in thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis without valid travel documents.

Officials said immigration staff and border guards had intensified checks for valid travel documents of Afghans who wanted to enter Pakistan. The intense and lengthy verification process of documents hampered an otherwise free flow of human traffic at the border as thousands of Afghan and Pakistani nationals intending to cross over to either side of the border were made to wait for hours.
Officials said the ailing Afghan woman and the child had lost their lives and 12 others, including women, fainted due to suffocation inside a narrow footpath which was fenced on both sides. according to Dawn.
The rush of pedestrians also blocked traffic which affected the supply of multiple items to Afghanistan and import of fruit and vegetables. Travel restrictions were eased when security officials intervened after more than five hours of mayhem.

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