Pak-Afghan border closed after attack on Friendship Gate

Pakistan authorities shut down the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman on Friday after a group of Afghan demonstrators attacked the Friendship Gate at Chaman and set the Pakistani flag on fire.

The incident that took place on Thursday evening has resulted in a suspension in the movement of trucks involved in trade shipments between the two countries and carrying supplies for Nato forces in Afghanistan.

Reports suggested that the Afghans were incensed by demonstrations in Balochistan sparked by Indian premier Narendra Modi’s speech on August 15, India’s Independence Day and they showed their support to India by disrespecting the Pakistani flag and throwing stones at the border crossing gate.

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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