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Hundreds rally against Friendship Gate closure

Hundreds rally against Friendship Gate closure

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May 31, 2020 - 17:05

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Sunday staged a protest against the closure of the Spin Boldak-Chaman gate.

Pakistaninfo-icon closed the Chaman-Spin Boldak Friendship Gate on March 2 over fears of Coronavirus outbreak which faced people on both sides with multiple issues.

Mohammad Daud Afghan, one of the protest organizers and tribal elder in the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that thousands of people were took part in the demonstration and condemned the gate closure by neighboring Pakistan.

He said after the gate closure, Afghan families, particularly traders, were confronted with multiple hardships.

He said besides already existing restrictions, Pakistan recently issued new restrictions for those crossing the friendship gate.

A number of other protestors held similar views and called for reopening of the gate like it was open in the past.

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