Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Pak-Afghan border reopens days after deadly clash

Officials said on Sunday that a major border crossing between Pak-Afghan has reopened, after clashes between security personnel that left at least three people dead.

Since the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan last year, border tensions between the two countries have escalated, with Pakistan charging that militant groups were preparing attacks from Afghan territory in response to the Taliban’s return.

In addition to denying that they are harboring Pakistani fighters, the Taliban is furious about a fence being built by Islamabad along their 2,700-kilometer (1,600-mile) border, which was drawn up during colonial times and is known as the Durand Line.

An AFP reporter was told that “the border has been reopened for all kinds of activities.” A spokesman for Pakistan’s paramilitary border force confirmed this.

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According to a security source, the decision was reached following “successful talks” between Pakistani authorities and the governor of Afghanistan’s Kandahar provincial government.

The governor’s spokesman, Mahmood Azam, verified that the Pak-Afghan border crossing had been reopened.

Each side accused the other of the battles at the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing on Thursday, which residents said involved both light and heavy weapons, according to witnesses.

Every day, tens of thousands of people across the border, including traders, Afghans seeking medical treatment in Pakistan, and those paying visits to family.

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