Kabul asked to verify Afghans’ travel papers

Kabul asked to verify Afghans’ travel papers

LANDI KOTAL: Pakistani and Afghan officials met at the Torkham border on Wednesday to sort out problems being faced by Afghans coming to Pakistan after Pakistani border and immigration officials stopped those Afghans who had no legal travel documents.

Officials said that the meeting was a follow-up to Tuesday’s mayhem at the border which resulted in the death of an Afghan woman and a minor girl.

They said that the Pakistani side suggested to their Afghan counterparts to set up a desk on their side for verification of travel documents of their countrymen and women prior to their entry to Pakistan.

The Afghan officials were told that such a move would reduce undesirable rush at the border crossing and discourage illegal aspirants from entering Pakistan, officials said.

They said that the Afghan officials were assured of providing better facilities to both Afghan women and children to save them from delay in verification of their documents on the Pakistani side of the border. Officials of both countries agreed to educate their people about the importance of possessing all required documents which enable them to travel to either side of the border.

It was also learnt that the Afghan delegation was told no relaxation would be given to any illegal person coming from Afghan side and the verification of travel documents would gradually be intensified so that the policy of actual border management could truly be implemented.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1252003/kabul-asked-to-verify-afghans-travel-papers

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