LANDIKOTAL, 26 February: Afghan nationals stranded at Landikotal and other areas of Khyber Agency on Sunday staged a protest demonstration against the closure of Torkham border appealed to Pakistani authorities to reopen the border to facilitate them in reaching their homes in Afghanistan.

The protesting Afghan nationals while holding passports in their hands rallied in Landikotal bazar and chanted slogans. He said he and several Afghan nationals were stranded in Landikotal due to the closure of the border with Afghanistan. They said that the Torkham border remain closed for the last 11-days and they were not allowed to go back to Afghanistan.

The protesters alleged that they are compelled to spend day and night here and there. They said that several Afghan families have taken shelters at mosques in Landikotal and are facing shortage of foods. They added that visas of some of the stranded Afghan nationals are about to expire and their legal status would end causing further miseries for them.

The protesters said they had been facing food and shelter problems for the last 11 days as they were living in mosques and other under construction buildings in Landikotal.
The stranded Afghan nationals appealed the Pakistan government to reopen the border so that they could go back homes in Afghanistan.

It is pertinent to be mentioned here that Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has empowered the Peshawar passport office to extend visas of stranded Afghan nationals. He said that the Pak-Afghan border would be reopened soon.

Courtesy: TNN