KABUL: Afghan government has asked the US to put pressure on Islamabad to step back and let diplomatic efforts resolve the Torkham border management issue.

The Afghan government officials on Wednesday asked Washington to exert new pressure on Islamabad to change its border policy and to stop creating further tension.

“We hope that the problems which we have with our neighbors, particularly with Pakistan, are settled through increased diplomatic pressure,” Tolo News quoted Ministry of Interior Affairs spokesman Sediq Sediqqi as saying.

The statement from the Afghan side came after Washington said that it was closely watching the ongoing tension between both countries in the aftermath of the recent clash at Torkham border gate which has resulted in casualties on both sides.

Pakistan says it is building the gate to stop militants from crossing the border.

Meanwhile, both Afghan and Pakistani authorities have agreed on a ceasefire at Torkham after three days of intense tensions that led to heavy firing.