Army Chief meets US Commander, discusses Afghan border issue

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif met with Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson on Saturday and discussed matters of mutual interest including Pak-Afghanistan border management mechanism.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that during the meeting, regional security issues and matters of mutual interest including border management  mechanism along Pak-Afghanistan border were discussed.

Earlier during the day, the Pak-Afghan border reopened for trade and visitors after six days of tension and border skirmishes.

The new gate which Pakistan is setting up on its side of the border has been named after Major Jawad Ali, who embraced martyrdom on June 14 when Afghan forces fired at him.

In the six-day long border skirmishes two security forces personnel and nine civilians were injured.

The skirmishes had begun when Afghan forces began unprovoked firing at the border to protest the installation of a gate on the Torkham crossing.

Officials in Pakistan maintained that the gate was being put up to prevent the flow of visitors from Afghanistan into Pakistan without complete documents.

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