Pakistani border and security personnel fight with hundreds of Afghans wanting to enter into Afghanistan from a major border crossing in Chaman closed by Taliban in the agitated Balochistan province. Hundreds of Afghans had assembled on the Pakistan side of the Chaman border wanting to cross over but the Taliban who have seized the Spin Boldak zone are not permitting anyone to cross until some of their claims were met by the Pakistani government, sources said.
The Taliban militants have shut the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing since last week, demanding that the Pakistani government allow visa-free travel for Afghans. The Taliban want the Pakistani management to allow those Afghans to surpass the border who have an Afghan ID card or a Pakistani-issued refugee registration card.
As a result of the termination of the border crossing, which is a main commercial artery between the two countries, hundreds of Afghans are remaining on the Pakistan side and frequently get into arguments or fights with security forces in Chaman. Per media reports on Thursday, Pakistani security forces at the border crossing had to shoot tear gas shells and charge protesters with batons to scatter them after an Afghan traveller died of a heart attack as he stood in the heat to cross into Spin Boldak.
Per a source, the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing provoke a lot of revenue for both sides as close to 800 to 900 trucks carrying commercial goods, vegetables, fruits etc cross over on a daily basis. Nearly two million Afghan refugees live in Pakistan, having fled decades of war in their homeland.