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Pakistan Closes Key Border Crossing With Afghanistan After Taliban Advances

Pakistani and Afghan soldiers stand guard as trucks wait at the Torkham border crossing on August 3.

Pakistan has closed the Torkham crossing with neighboring Afghanistan with the Afghan side of the border now under Taliban control, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said.

Ahmad said on August 15 that the decision to close the Torkhan border was made due to an extraordinary situation on the other side.

He told Geo TV that the border was closed when Afghan police surrendered to the Taliban.

Pakistan has already said that it cannot bear any new wave of Afghan refugees in the wake of crisis in the war-torn country.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa