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Chaman border closed after burning of Pakistani flag

Chaman border closed after burning of Pakistani flag

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Aug 20, 2016 - 15:11

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Chaman border crossing has been closed for an indefinite period of time after a group of Afghans allegedly attacked the Friendship Gate and set alight the Pakistani flag, Dawn reported on Saturday.

Following Thursday’s incident, the newspaper said, the movement of trucks involved in trade shipments between the two countries and carrying supplies for NATOinfo-icon troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon was suspended.

A large number of Afghans, celebrating the 97th Independence Day of their country, assembled near the Friendship Gate after marching through the Spin Boldak town of Kandahar province.

Carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-Pakistaninfo-icon slogans, the participants of the march raised slogans against Islamabad and threw stones at the personnel of Frontier Corps.

On the Pakistani side of the border, the Pakistanis staged a protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks about Baluchistan.

The Afghans snatched the flag from a Pakistani protester and torched it. The demonstrators also tried to force their entry through the gate, which had already been closed because of the rally.

“The Friendship Gate at the Pak-Afghan border has been closed after the flag burning incident,” a senior security official was quoted as saying. “The border will remain closed for an indefinite period.”

No consignment of fresh fruit and other goods could enter Chaman from Afghanistan,” said Kamaluddin, who runs his fresh and dried fruit business in Chaman.

Up to 15,000 Pakistani and Afghan traders cross into Chaman and Vesh Mandi on a daily basis. But no trader crossed the border from either side on Friday,” Niamatullah, a resident of Chaman, told the daily.

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