Pakistan imposes one document regime at Chaman border

A one-document regime has been imposed by Pakistan at the Chaman border in an attempt to stop the transshipment of contraband and illegal crossings of people, Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday.

One document regime will transform Chaman into a Border trade hub instead of a smuggling trade hub, the report says.

The government has taken multiple steps for the welfare of the people at the Chaman border including the establishment of a Passport Office, taxi stands and markets, reduction in the passport fees, and provision of free ration to the deserving people.

Recently, the Chaman border witnessed clashes over visa issues, which resulted in the border being closed frequently.Pakistan-Afghan border crossing reopens after negotiations

The frequent closure of the Chaman border has significant financial, economic, and humanitarian implications.

The situation in Chaman began to normalise on Saturday following three days of violent protests and clashes between demonstrators and security forces, which resulted in several arrests, and injuries on both sides.

Although protesters continued their sit-in on the Chaman-Kandahar highway near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, no violence was reported throughout the day.

Sources said that protesters, representing various parties in an alliance, gathered in large numbers near the FC headquarters, where they have been demonstrating for the past eight months.

“No protest rally or roadblock took place at Mall Road,” a senior district administration official told , adding that shops and markets, which had been closed for the last three days, were now open.

The train service between Quetta and Chaman, suspended due to security concerns, remained inactive.

The Quetta-Chaman highway remained open, with traffic flowing normally and trucks carrying import and export goods reaching Chaman.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove claimed that elements from Afghanistan were inciting unrest in Chaman.

Over three dozen people, including 16 policemen, were injured on Thursday during violent clashes between participants of a prolonged sit-in protesting against new border rules and law enforcement agencies in Chaman, a town near Afghanistan. The unrest occurred outside the deputy commissioner's office and the Frontier Corps fort.

Dr. Asmat Achakzai, the medical superintendent of Chaman Hospital, confirmed that 27 injured individuals were brought to the medical facility. He noted that most injuries resulted from tear gas and bullets. Following the escalation in tension, an emergency was declared at the hospital to ensure that the injured received prompt medical care.

Shahid Rind, the spokesman for the Balochistan government, maintained that the violence erupted when the protesters attacked the security forces, resulting in injuries to 16 policemen and Levies personnel. 'Police and Levies retaliated to the violent protesters,' he added. However, the leaders of the protesters contested this claim. Faiz Muhammad, a prominent figure among the Chaman protesters, accused the security forces of using force without justification. 'The forces attacked us without any provocation,' he claimed.

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