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Chaman border crossing reopens after 2 weeks of closure

Chaman border crossing reopens after 2 weeks of closure

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:53

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad reopened the Spin Boldak-Chaman Friendship Gate, a key border crossing between Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon that was closed two weeks back, on Thursday.

The border crossing was closed after Afghan demonstrators torched Pakistan’s flag and attacked the gate. During the two-week closure, traders on both sides suffered heavy losses.

At a meeting on Wednesday, when the neighbours agreed on reopening the border, Afghan officials strongly denounced the burning of the Pakistani flag and the attack on the Friendship Gate.

Amid enhanced security on both sides, cross-border trade activities restarted on Thursday, with thousands of stranded trucks and containers resuming movement, TV footage showed.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Dawn TV reported,Afghan officials delivered to their Pakistani counterparts a letter, in which the Ashraf Ghani administration condemned the Aug 18 incident.

The closure drew howls of protest from Afghan businessmen, besides affecting supplies to NATOinfo-icon forces and UNHCR-assisted repatriation of refugees.


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