In Pictures: The Torkham border crossing

After an errant NATO attack on Pakistani soldiers, commercial truckers reel from a ban on NATO supplies.

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    After a NATO attack in which 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed, Pakistan has banned NATO from using the Torkham border crossing to transport materiel to Afghanistan. However, commercial truckers are also feeling the effect of the ban. They complain about tighter police scrutiny and rampant bribery as they attempt to make the border crossing.

     

    1) Trucks carrying commercial goods make their way to Kabul [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    2) In addition to security concerns, the narrow width of the highway also poses dangers to drivers [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    3) A view of the landscape along the highway to the Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    4) Afghan border police stand guard at the 'zero point' as trucks cross into Afghanistan [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    5) People cross the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    6) Labourers carry luggage across the Torkham border [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    7) Trucks carrying commercial goods await customs before making their way to Kabul [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    8) Trucks driving in the other direction approach the customs check before crossing into Pakistan [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    9) The Afghan-Pakistani border is considered to be fluid: People frequently cross without passports or visas [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]

     

    10) Pakistani police check a truck as it crosses into Pakistan [Mujib Mashal/Al Jazeera]


    Follow Mujib Mashal on Twitter @MujMash.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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