Truckers hauling cargo from Pakistan into Afghanistan though the main border crossing between the two countries have complained of bribes, long delays, and harassment by police and transport union officials.
Members of Pashtun tribes in northwestern Pakistan’s Khyber district are reluctant to end their protest over the alleged extrajudicial killing of a local young man.
Gurmeet Singh, a grocery store owner in Jamrud, a dusty town at the gateway to the historic Khyber Pass, says he is upholding a family tradition by offering discounts to his Muslim clientele during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Pashtun tribal leaders criticized the security forces for raiding their homes in the Khyber Pass.
Islamabad has granted some representation and citizenship rights and recognized tiny Sikh, Hindu, and Christian minorities as local residents in its restive western tribal areas.
The scantly reported fighting between Afghan and Pakistani militants in a remote district of eastern Afghanistan has forced thousands to flee their homes.