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Afghan Students Call for Reopening of Torkham Gate

Dozens of Afghan students on Sunday gathered in front of Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul to protest the recent shutting of Torkham Gate. 

Most of today’s protestors, who are studying in Pakistan, declared that they will miss a semester if the gate remains closed, adding that border area tensions should not affect their learning. 

“It is now four weeks that the gate is closed. We will miss the current semester if we don’t get there in four days," a protestor said. 

“It is a month since the universities started and we are stranded here. Some have visa problems ... there are many difficulties," another protestor said.    

After media reporters were forbidden from covering today’s protest, the protestors filmed the gathering and sent it to the media. 

In the meantime, officials at the Ministry of Information and Culture announced that some efforts are underway to reopen Torkham and Spin Boldak’s gates. 

“We are willing to solve the problem. Both countries need to allow travel, we have to realize our necessities," said Zabiullah Mujahid, deputy minister of information and culture.  

Afghan Students Call for Reopening of Torkham Gate

In the meantime, officials at the Ministry of Information and Culture announced that some efforts are underway to reopen Torkham and Spin Boldak’s gates. 

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Dozens of Afghan students on Sunday gathered in front of Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul to protest the recent shutting of Torkham Gate. 

Most of today’s protestors, who are studying in Pakistan, declared that they will miss a semester if the gate remains closed, adding that border area tensions should not affect their learning. 

“It is now four weeks that the gate is closed. We will miss the current semester if we don’t get there in four days," a protestor said. 

“It is a month since the universities started and we are stranded here. Some have visa problems ... there are many difficulties," another protestor said.    

After media reporters were forbidden from covering today’s protest, the protestors filmed the gathering and sent it to the media. 

In the meantime, officials at the Ministry of Information and Culture announced that some efforts are underway to reopen Torkham and Spin Boldak’s gates. 

“We are willing to solve the problem. Both countries need to allow travel, we have to realize our necessities," said Zabiullah Mujahid, deputy minister of information and culture.  

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