There are not many Afghans at the border at this time, but the situation inside Afghanistan is deteriorating faster than expected, said Kelly Clements, a senior official with the organization. The United Nations is preparing to host half a million people and is urging neighboring countries to keep borders open and provide assistance.
On Friday, Pakistan Army Spokesman General Babar Iftikhar said that the situation on the Afghan border is normal and under control, and no serious incidents have been reported. But the general said the armed forces were prepared for what might happen next.
According to eyewitnesses on Twitter, Pakistani soldiers shot Afghans who wanted to cross the border at Torkham border crossing, 180 kilometers east of Kabul. There could have been injuries.
The situation in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is “catastrophic” and getting worse. One third of the population is expected to suffer from hunger. The United Nations wants to stay in Afghanistan to provide humanitarian aid and needs $1.3 billion (1.1 billion euros) to reach 16 million people this year. There is currently a shortfall of $800 million.