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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Pak-Afghan tensions: Friendship Gate remains closed

    The Babe-e-Dost Gate on Chaman Border remained closed on 13th consecutive day as well due to Pakistan Afghanistan tensions.

    Due to closure of the Babe-e-Dost Gate, the Nato-supplies, Afghan Transit Trade, people movement, contact and other trade activities also remained suspended in the area on Wednesday for the 13th consecutive days.
    According to Pakistani officials, Pakistan and Afghanistan officials are likely to have a flag meeting soon, where re-opening the Babe-Dosti Gate and border issues will come under discussion.
    Sector Commander Brigadier Nadeem Sohail will lead the Pakistani delegation.
    It is pertinent to mention here that Pak-Afghan border-crossing was closed after Afghan forces martyred 11 Pakistanis including a soldier and injured many others.fghan border-crossing remains closed in Chaman after Afghan forces martyred 11 Pakistanis including a soldier and injured many others.
    Afghan border police shelled the villages in Chaman for 10 hours, prompting the Pakistani forces to retaliate.
    According to South Punjab News, the Nato supplies and Afghan Transit Trade activities are suspended in the area after the attack.
    After the incident, Islamabad sent out a clear warning to the Afghan leadership saying in case, Afghanistan does not take measures to stop its provocations, Pakistan reserves the right to fully respond with a view to protect its sovereignty and citizens.
    "Pakistan expresses its deep concern and the Afghan Charge d' Affairs was summoned to the Foreign Office today (Friday) to lodge a strong protest over the unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces in Chaman area.
    Action should be taken against those responsible for this violation and the Afghan government should take immediate steps to bring an end to this unprovoked firing," spokesman at the Foreign Office told the weekly media briefing.
    Kabul was told that the Afghan firing took place when the census teams were undertaking population census in that area as part of the national census exercise all over the country. The Afghan government was informed about the census being undertaken on Pakistan's side of the border and exact coordinates of the areas were also shared with the Afghan government.
    Pakistan also blamed India for using the Afghanistan territory against Pakistan. "We have continued to underline that 'India is part of the problem and not solution'. India is also using Afghan soil for its nefarious designs to destabilise Pakistan and spoil Pak-Afghan relations," said the spokesman.
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