Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing reopened after three days


QUETTA: Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing, a key border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan, was reopened on Sunday after three-day closure. “The border has reopened for all sorts of activities,” a spokesman for Pakistan’s paramilitary border force told a foreign news agency. A security source said it came after “successful talks” between Pakistani officials and the governor of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Mahmood Azaam, spokesman for the governor, confirmed the crossing has been reopened. Thousands usually cross every day, including traders, Afghans seeking medical treatment in Pakistan, and people visiting relatives. Since the Taliban returned to power last year, border tensions between the neighbours have risen, with Pakistan alleging militant groups were planning attacks from Afghan soil. The Taliban deny harbouring Pakistani militants, but are also infuriated by a fence Islamabad is erecting along their 2,700-kilometer (1,600-mile) border, drawn up in colonial times and known as the Durand Line. TLTP