Thursday, November 17, 2022
ISLAMABAD: The Pak-Afghan border crossing at Chaman remained closed for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday.
The Chaman border — known as Friendship Gate — was closed after unidentified armed men opened fire on the Pakistani security troops from inside Afghanistan, martyring a soldier and injuring another two on Sunday.
All business and trade activities at the Chaman border remained suspended for the fifth day.
The federal government will take a decision about the opening of the Friendship Gate, the Chaman’s deputy commissioner said, adding that Islamabad and Kabul are in contact with each other on the matter.
On November 13, a Frontier Corps soldier embraced martyrdom and two more sustained injuries in the midst of a cross-border attack from Afghanistan to Balochistan's Chaman district.
Afghan security officials allegedly opened fire on the FC personnel while they were deployed on duty on the Pakistani side of the Bab-e-Dosti near Chaman, as per Levies officials.
As a result of the attack, one FC trooper was martyred while two were injured due to bullets shot at them during the exchange of fire between security officials of the two countries.
Following the incident, the Pakistani authorities contacted the Afghan government for a ceasefire in the area. Meanwhile, Bab-e-Dosti has been closed for all kinds of trade and pedestrian movement.