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  World   Asia  08 May 2017  Pakistan declares Chaman border with Afghanistan ‘no-go area’

Pakistan declares Chaman border with Afghanistan ‘no-go area’

THE ASIAN AGE. | SHAFQAT ALI
Published : May 8, 2017, 2:34 am IST
Updated : May 8, 2017, 2:34 am IST

The Bab-e-Dosti or the friendship gate remained closed on Sunday — for the third day.

Last week, Afghan forces opened firing on Frontier Corps personnel accompanying the Pakistan Census team — killing 10. (Photo: Representational Image/AP)
 Last week, Afghan forces opened firing on Frontier Corps personnel accompanying the Pakistan Census team — killing 10. (Photo: Representational Image/AP)

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday declared four-kilometre area adjacent to the Chaman border with Afghanistan a ‘no-go area’ amid tensions with the neighbour.

Last week, Afghan forces opened firing on Frontier Corps personnel accompanying the Pakistan Census team — killing 10.

The Bab-e-Dosti or the friendship gate remained closed on Sunday — for the third day.

All activities, including Nato supply line and Afghan transit trade, were suspended. Pedestrian movement has also been banned in the no-go area.

Pakistan Army was on high alert to respond to any aggression shown by Afghan forces. Tanks and heavy artillery were ready at the front. The Army was also monitoring the area with helicopters, the military said.

Camps have been installed five kilometers away from the border for villagers who had evacuated their homes.

Balochistan authorities said that as many as 2,000 families had been affected by Afghan shelling at the civilian areas near Chaman.

Tags: afghan forces, pakistan army, chaman border
Location: Pakistan, Islamabad, Islamabad