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KHYBER: Thousands of Afghans made a beeline for Torkham border crossing early on Friday morning when the news about resumption of cross-border pedestrian movement spread in most parts of the neighbouring country.

Sources in Torkham told Dawn that the number of aspiring Afghans was so high that Pakistani authorities had to deploy additional security personnel to prevent crowding and panic at the border crossing.

It was also learnt that the Afghan Taliban made repeated announcements on loudspeakers to its ‘unruly’ nationals to avoid congestion at the border crossing and let only those, who needed the most, cross over to Pakistan.

However, the announcements fell on deaf ears as the Afghans made desperate bids to get online visa for Pakistan.

Bilal, a 28-year-old resident of Laghman province in Afghanistan, told Dawn that he got online visa on Friday morning after spending a sleepless night near the border crossing.

He said the number of people, including women, children and the elderly, was so high on the Afghan side of the border that it was literally impossible for both the Afghan and Pakistani authorities to entertain everyone’s request for visa.

Abdullah, a resident of Nangarhar province, also said he reached Pakistan after getting visa online.

He said though majority of Afghans welcomed the resumption of pedestrian movement via Torkham border, it would take the authorities weeks and months on both sides of the border to clear the ‘waiting lot’ as Afghans had started reaching Torkham in large numbers after learning about the border reopening for ordinary people.

Pakistani officials also confirmed crowding on the border and said security clearance was meticulous and painstakingly slow.

They said only 801 from among thousands of aspiring Afghans were allowed to enter Pakistan on Friday.

Independent sources told Dawn that the clearance process on the border zero point was so strict that even infants above the age of two months with no visa were not allowed and their parents were returned despite having online visas.

They added that moving scenes were witnessed when family members were separated from each other as some had visas, while the others had yet to obtain it.

Meanwhile, the Torkham Labour Union ended a strike and withdrew the call for a road blockade announced for Oct 25 to press the government for the resumption of pedestrian movement and restoration of their jobs.

Union president Farmanullah Shinwari told Dawn that the strike was called off after the border reopening for pedestrian movement.

He said the union hoped that the manual jobs of workers would be restored.

Mr Shinwari said around 8,000 daily wagers and porters alongside over 3,000 taxi drivers lost work after Pakistan announced the closure of the border for pedestrian movement in early May to stem the spread of coronavirus from Afghanistan.

He said he hoped that those workers would reclaim livelihood after the complete restoration of pedestrian movement on both sides of the border.

After the visit of FM to Afghanistan this week, Pak has relaxed rules for Afghan to enter Pakistan. Pak even cannot stand firm against Taliban.
What's the point of the border, might as well remove it, we can't stop the flood of Afghans into Pakistan and most of them are in Pakistan anyway. Let's rename Pakistan to republic of Pakghanistan.
 

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That's true. Myself was born and brought up in whats now KPK. Was treated like garbage all my childhood. Because I wasn't white and looked different. Was told to "go back to India " everyday.

In 1850s my great grand dad revolted against the British in Bihar. He got tied to a cannon and blasted into smithereens.
His entire family got killed, except one boy who was hidden by a neighbour, and the British didn't look for him.
Then again in 1971 while living in what was then east Pakistan, half of our family was killed by Mukti Bahini, because we supported Pakistans.
And I am not alone. If you look into your family history, you will find similar sacrifices.
We cannot forget all that and start hating Pakistan.
We chose to be Pakistani and will continue to do so. No matter what.
Our love for Pakistan is unconditional.
However things did go too bad for me until I couldn't take it anymore.
I have been a British citizen for decades now, but keeping my Pakistani nationality intact , even for my children, and they will continue to do so.
Per Family history, I have some ancestors too that fled Delhi for their lives to Multan, after being somehow (I not entirely sure how) involved in the 1857 struggle against the British.

How many Pakistanis are stranded in Bangladesh and can anything be done to help get them out? It’s a huge shame the government has abandoned their own citizens for so long. Coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Loss of East Pakistan, some kind of effort should be made between Pakistan and Bangladesh to repatriate the people.

If we can host Millions of Afghans, why can’t be spare an effort to rescue our citizens.
 
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Let me tell you what is going to happen. Just like in FATA area we saw Chechens, Arabs and Central Asians marry locals and impose their rules the same prospect is likely with Afghan refugees settling in various regions of Pakistan. Afghans ars already present in almost every region of Pakistan. From Karachi to Lahore and even Azad Jammu Kashmir.

What did we learn when Afghan refugees settled in Pakistan during the US Cold War against Russia?

1. Afghans love to carry their flags and display them everywhere. In other words create ruckus.
2. Afghans love to break rules and resort to violence in order to achieve their goals of intimidation. Stone throwing at border areas and quarreling with authorities is nothing unusual.
3. Afghans love to multiply and disobey law of land.
4. Afghans love to spread opium.
5. Afghans love to spread AK-47 culture.
6. Afghans and particularly Pashtun nationalists and Northern Alliance thugs that hate Pakistan love to morph in Pak society and carry out terror attacks.
7. Afghans love to destroy Pakistani fabric and culture. Support for PTM is rife.
8. Afghans love to hate Pakistan within Pakistan. Afghans don't accept Pakistani territory and Durand Line whilst living in Pakistan.
9. Afghans love to stir the pot by aiding enemy India. Carrying out terror attacks against high value targets and killing Pakistani children in schools is not a secret to anyone.

Now you tell me what the prospects are for the new Afghan refugee wave settling in Pakistan? Not a single nation around the world has settled this many Afghan refugees as Pakistan has. Pakistan has paid the ultimate price and it will continue to pay the price.

This is all meant to appease the Americans. Americans have time and time again pressed Pakistan to allow Afghan refugees to settle in Pakistan. Especially after US/NATO exit the Americans have requested Pakistan to clean up their mess. Our leaders are cowards. Appeasment of Afghan refugees and Americans comes first. Pakistan comes second. We always have excuses. Even at the expense and well-being of Pakistan.

In the end, Pakistan will have to clean up the Afghan mess just like it had to clean up FATA. The Americans, Europeans and others won't be there just like they turned a blind eye during the last 20 years.
Pakistan is a spineless country that is led by cowards. The above decision just adds on to this fact.
 

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KHYBER: Thousands of Afghans made a beeline for Torkham border crossing early on Friday morning when the news about resumption of cross-border pedestrian movement spread in most parts of the neighbouring country.

Sources in Torkham told Dawn that the number of aspiring Afghans was so high that Pakistani authorities had to deploy additional security personnel to prevent crowding and panic at the border crossing.

It was also learnt that the Afghan Taliban made repeated announcements on loudspeakers to its ‘unruly’ nationals to avoid congestion at the border crossing and let only those, who needed the most, cross over to Pakistan.

However, the announcements fell on deaf ears as the Afghans made desperate bids to get online visa for Pakistan.

Bilal, a 28-year-old resident of Laghman province in Afghanistan, told Dawn that he got online visa on Friday morning after spending a sleepless night near the border crossing.

He said the number of people, including women, children and the elderly, was so high on the Afghan side of the border that it was literally impossible for both the Afghan and Pakistani authorities to entertain everyone’s request for visa.

Abdullah, a resident of Nangarhar province, also said he reached Pakistan after getting visa online.

He said though majority of Afghans welcomed the resumption of pedestrian movement via Torkham border, it would take the authorities weeks and months on both sides of the border to clear the ‘waiting lot’ as Afghans had started reaching Torkham in large numbers after learning about the border reopening for ordinary people.

Pakistani officials also confirmed crowding on the border and said security clearance was meticulous and painstakingly slow.

They said only 801 from among thousands of aspiring Afghans were allowed to enter Pakistan on Friday.

Independent sources told Dawn that the clearance process on the border zero point was so strict that even infants above the age of two months with no visa were not allowed and their parents were returned despite having online visas.

They added that moving scenes were witnessed when family members were separated from each other as some had visas, while the others had yet to obtain it.

Meanwhile, the Torkham Labour Union ended a strike and withdrew the call for a road blockade announced for Oct 25 to press the government for the resumption of pedestrian movement and restoration of their jobs.

Union president Farmanullah Shinwari told Dawn that the strike was called off after the border reopening for pedestrian movement.

He said the union hoped that the manual jobs of workers would be restored.

Mr Shinwari said around 8,000 daily wagers and porters alongside over 3,000 taxi drivers lost work after Pakistan announced the closure of the border for pedestrian movement in early May to stem the spread of coronavirus from Afghanistan.

He said he hoped that those workers would reclaim livelihood after the complete restoration of pedestrian movement on both sides of the border.

After the visit of FM to Afghanistan this week, Pak has relaxed rules for Afghan to enter Pakistan. Pak even cannot stand firm against Taliban.
I don't get it. Majority of Afghans dislike Pakistan with glee, yet they'll flock by thousands to go there.....
 

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The problem is not just political but also people of Pakistan.
UN agreed to charter planes for Bringing Biharis , but no area of Pakistan accepted them. Because we are dark skin , not at all "gora looking " people.
Afghan being Caucasian looking, more clearer skin, are more "gora like " and are accepted in all areas of Pakistan.
Pakistani obsession with "chatti chamri" is a big problem.
I don't face such problems in UK, despite living in an all all white area. I do face racism , but it's not much different from what I used to face in NWFP Pakistan , where I was born.
You have left the weak country so go and find another hobby
😂

non of your concern now enjoy you life
 

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The problem is not just political but also people of Pakistan.
UN agreed to charter planes for Bringing Biharis , but no area of Pakistan accepted them. Because we are dark skin , not at all "gora looking " people.
Afghan being Caucasian looking, more clearer skin, are more "gora like " and are accepted in all areas of Pakistan.
Pakistani obsession with "chatti chamri" is a big problem.
I don't face such problems in UK, despite living in an all all white area. I do face racism , but it's not much different from what I used to face in NWFP Pakistan , where I was born.
Brother I feel your pain! Nawaz sharif to his credit did bring some over but the other evil political folks stopped him

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