Fresh fruit exports hampered as Pakistan shuts border
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The Chaman border crossing has been shut for the past three days, blocking the movement of common people and trade goods, a businessman said on Saturday.
Haji Agha Nani, head of the Fresh Fruits Union (FFU), complained Pakistani forces had again closed the Chaman crossing at a time when the season of grapes, melon, and watermelon was at its peak. No government officials have commented on the Chaman gate closure so far.
He said trucks loaded with fresh fruits had been stranded at the gate and it was not clear when Pakistani authorities would reopen the crossing, situated in the Spinboldak district of southern Kandahar province.
Pakistani media reported Friendship Gate at Chaman had been closed indefinitely after a group of Afghan demonstrators attacked and set the Pakistani flag on fire.
According to Dawn, the incident that took place on Thursday evening resulted in suspension in the movement of trucks involved in trade shipments between the two countries and carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
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