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Chaman border crossing partially reopens on eighth day

CHAMAN -UNS – The life in Chaman is gradually coming back to routine after the attack of Afghan forces on Pakistan’s census team as Bab-e-Dosti has partially reopened for the women, children and sick people on eighth day.

The census activities are continuing in Chaman except Kili Luqman, Kili Jahangir and other villages bordering Afghanistan whereas the locals are forced to live in the temporary camps built five kilometers away from the border.

Sources told that North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) supply line, Afghan transit trade and pedestrian locomotion between Pakistan and Afghanistan, all are still suspended.

Furthermore, troops of Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps (FC) are on alert to respond to any aggression shown by Afghan
forces.
On May 5, at least ten civilians including three children and two women were killed and 46 others injured in unprovoked firing and shelling by Afghan forces near a major border crossing where Pakistani census officials were carrying out a count.

“Afghan border police opened fire on FC (Frontier Corps) detailed for security of population census team,” the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“Since 30th April, Afghan Border Police had been creating hurdles in conduct of census in divided villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir in Charnan area on Pakistani side of the border. This was done despite the fact that Afghan authorities had been informed well in advance and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and military channels for conduct of census,” Pakistan Army’s media wing added.

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