Increasing political tension led to the closure of Pak-Afghan Chaman border

Pak-Afghan trade is suffering due to prolonged closure of Bab-e-Pakistan friendship gate in wake of increasing border tensions.Shut down call came from Pakistan’s side after a group of Afghan demonstrator attacked the friendship gate at Chaman, burning Pakistan’s flag. The incident resulted in suspending the movement of trade shipments between two countries along with supplies for Nato forces in Afghanistan.Reports suggested that the spark was ignited in response to demonstrations held in Balochistan province after Narendra Modi’s speech on August 15. Afghan border forces did not stop people on their side from disrupting peace at the border crossing, forcing the Frontier Corps (FC), a paramilitary force, to close the border to avert any untoward incident.There were long queues of vehicles on both sides of the border, with people on both sides facing problems as a result of the border closure.

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