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PublishDate: Saturday, December 29, 201211:49

Afghanistan concerned over civilians torture in Pakistan

Afghan foreign ministry officials expressed concerns regarding the torture and misbehavior to Afghan citizens in Landi Kotal area of Pakistan.

Afghan foreign ministry officials expressed concerns regarding the torture and misbehavior to Afghan citizens in Landi Kotal area of Pakistan.

Foreign ministry following a statement said the issue will be strictly followed with the Pakistani officials.

This comes as at least 29 Afghans were thrashed and their travel documents torn near the Torkham border on Thursday, apparently in retaliation to a similar attack on Pakistani workers by Afghan officials last week.

Officials said that the attackers included relatives of the 29 Pakistani laborers who were allegedly harassed by members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at Pul-e-Charkhi area of Kabul on Friday. Following this incident, Pakistani authorities had closed the border for six hours on Saturday.

Sources said unidentified people equipped with sophisticated weapons, on Thursday noon, appeared on Landi Kotal-Torkham Road near Michini post and started misbehaving with Afghan nationals. As the Afghan national protested, the gunmen dragged them out of the passengers’ vehicles, tortured them physically, snatched their valuables and tore their passports.

On the other hand Pakistan security officials on Friday sealed Torkham border after the Afghan National Army (ANA) tortured two Pakistani labourers for the second time in a week.

According to details, truck drivers blocked the road and took out a protest against the alleged torture of two Pakistani truck drivers at the hands of the Afghan officials. Earlier, two truck drivers were heading into Afghanistan seeking work when they were intercepted by Afghan security personnel at a check post, who allegedly subjected the job-seekers to torture while also tearing up their passports and other travelling documents.

The tortured Pakistanis returned back to the Pak-Afghan border where they were joined by other truck drivers who held protests against the treatment meted out by the Afghan security personnel. Drivers had complained that Afghan security personnel routinely harassed and tortured the job-seekers at various check posts situated inside Afghanistan. “It seems that the Afghan security forces are using these tactics to force Pakistani labourers out of their country,” they added. (AOP)

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