After deadly incident, Durand Line reopens today

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon is all set to reopen its frontier with Afghanistaninfo-icon at Chaman today (Tuesday) in line with a decision by commanders from the two countries.

A flag meeting of military commanders at the Friendship Gate decided on Monday to reopen the crossing, which was closed last week.

The closure came on Thursday after violent incidents involving law-enforcement personnel and travellers in Chaman.

At least seven people were killed as paramilitary soldiers opened fire on Afghan forces. Dozens of people were wounded in the incident.

At the flag meeting, Frontier Corps Commandant Lt Col Salman represented Pakistan, with Col Sharif heading the Afghan delegation.

The two sides, floating proposals to resolve the issue, held discussions for two hours. Afghan military officials insisted that the border should be kept open and pedestrians allowed to cross the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

They also made a pitch for allowing vehicles carrying Afghan transit trade goods and other import and export items to cross the frontier freely.

Pakistan told the Afghan officials that their proposals would be conveyed to Islamabad for a final decision, according to Dawn.


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