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Pak, Afghanistan to reopen Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing from tomorrow

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KABUL: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to open Chaman-Spin Boldak border after weeks of closure from Tuesday (tomorrow) for the public movement and trade-related activities.

The development was confirmed by Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan from his Twitter handle.

He said that after discussions between border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the friendship gate at the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing point will open tomorrow morning.

“Two sides will ensure facilitative movement of people & trade, transit vehicles,” Mansoor Ahmad Khan said.

In September this year, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said that due to some security threats, the Chaman border with Afghanistan might be closed for a few days.

Talking to the media persons in Islamabad on Thursday, he said our hearts are big but we might have to close the Chaman border with Afghanistan for a few days.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said 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.

A committee comprising senior civil and military officials in Balochistan has been formed to address key issues related to cross-border movement at the Chaman-Spin Boldak gate along the frontier with Afghanistan, according to a notification issued by the Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department.

Taliban authorities had closed the crossing for pedestrians and trade earlier this month over claims that traders, patients and passengers were facing difficulties but Pakistan was “unwilling to resolve problems” despite their efforts.

On October 18, the Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department issued a notification, announcing the constitution of the committee to “resolve issues pertaining to cross-border movement” at the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing.

The committee will be headed by the additional chief secretary of the Balochistan home department, said the notification, which is available with Dawn.com. Its members include the commander of 20 brigade at Chaman, the director of the Federal Investigation Agency in Quetta, representatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Quetta, National Logistics Cell, Quetta, Customs Collectorate and the National Database and Regulatory Authority, the Chaman deputy commissioner and co-opted members.