A collective border management initiative between Afghanistan and Pakistan has remained a disputed issue. Pakistan– often questioned for its role in managing cross border movements— has on several occasions, pitched the idea of reforming the unregulated soft border concept to a more vigilantly monitored zone.
However, most of these initiatives have not been properly implemented owing to local grievances and due to a significant portion of Afghan leadership capitalising on ethnic sentiments.
Last year too; despite Pakistan intimating Afghan political elite well in advance- the construction of gates at Torkham crossing– brought forth a low point in Pak-Afghan bilateral relations coupled with several clashes between the security forces on both sides.
Once again the start of this year sparked a series of terror attacks across Pakistan and refreshed the relevance of this issue. Stuck between a rock and a hard place; Pakistan was compelled to shut down its border with Afghanistan– which accentuated resentments of sorts on both sides.