Misuse of Afghan Children for Smuggling at Torkham Border

Children are increasingly being used for smuggling purposes at Torkham following Pakistan’s decision to fence the border with Afghanistan and undertake tougher anti-smuggling measures, Pakistani officials said.
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As per TheNews report, children risk their lives by travelling and hiding in undercarriage of the trucks to cross the border.

Authorities pointed out that the kids’ involvement in smuggling has negatively affected and reduced the Pak-Afghan trade, which Islamabad is trying to increase by taking decisions such as keeping the border open 24 hours instead of the earlier practice of opening it from sunrise to sunset.

They said the use of children, who are invariably Afghans, to smuggle goods is quite extensive as they are motivated by the smugglers.

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