Pak-Afghan Chaman border crossing remains closed for second day


CHAMAN: Pak-Afghan border-crossing in Chaman remained closed for second day after clashes between Afghan and Pakistan security forces, which 11 Pakistanis including a soldier were killed and many injured.
Afghan border police shelled the villages in Chaman for 10 hours, prompting the Pakistani forces to retaliate.
According to reports, the Nato supplies and Afghan Transit Trade activities are suspended in the area after the attack. The census process in Kali Luqman and Kali Jehangiri remained suspended for second day.
Meanwhile, the PDMA has supplied about 19 trucks of relief goods to Chaman for distribution among the affectees of the Afghan forces shelling. The relief goods include tents, medicines and food packets for the affected people. However, the distribution has not yet started.
After the incident, Islamabad sent out a clear warning to the Afghan leadership saying in case, Afghanistan does not take measures to stop its provocations, Pakistan reserves the right to fully respond with a view to protect its sovereignty and citizens.
“Pakistan expresses its deep concern and the Afghan Charge d’ Affairs was summoned to the Foreign Office Friday to lodge a strong protest over the unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces in Chaman area.
Action should be taken against those responsible for this violation and the Afghan government should take immediate steps to bring an end to this unprovoked firing,” spokesman at the Foreign Office told the weekly media briefing.


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