Pakistan shuts key border crossing with Afghan

Chaman border crossing - the second-largest commercial border point with Afghanistan after the Torkham commercial town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - has been closed due to security threats

AgenciesUpdated: Friday, September 03, 2021, 04:46 AM IST
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Afghanistans and Pakistani nationals wait for the reopening of the Pak-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman | AFP

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday temporarily closed a key border crossing with Afghanistan, apparently due to fear of the influx of refugees eager to leave their homeland after the Taliban seized power last month.

Chaman border crossing - the second-largest commercial border point with Afghanistan after the Torkham commercial town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - has been closed due to security threats, Geo News reported, citing sources.

Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had said that the Chaman crossing may be closed for some days due to security threats.

"We will be closing the Chaman crossing for a while," he said, without specifying how long the border would be shut.

He said there was calm in and around the border.

"Our forces are present at the border. We are proud of our security institutions for the service they are rendering for the security of the country," he said.

He said Pakistan desires peace and stability in Afghanistan, adding that peace in Afghanistan is important for peace in Pakistan.

The crossing links Pakistan's border town of Chaman with Spin Boldak in the Afghan province of Kandahar and is frequented by the Afghan as well as used for trade between the two countries.

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