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Pakistan reopens Afghan border crossing after closure over clashes
May 27 2017 02:12 PM
Pakistan
The border crossing at Chaman has been reopened.

DPA/Islamabad

Pakistani security forces have reopened a major border crossing with neighbouring Afghanistan after a 22-day closure following clashes with Afghan security forces in which more than a dozen Pakistanis were killed.
The border crossing at Chaman was reopened on "humanitarian grounds ... on request from Afghan authorities", the army said in a statement released on Saturday.
The deadly clashes at the crossing - in which over 100 people were injured - erupted after Pakistani troops escorted officials conducting a census in divided villages in the province of
Balochistan.
After the Chaman incident, "Pakistan has its area under effective control having pushed back Afghan border police troops," the army statement said.
"It has been agreed upon by Pakistan authorities that ceasefire shall continue to be maintained and no border violation will be acceptable and Pakistani troops will maintain its positions along (the border)," the army said.
Islamabad and Kabul conducted a survey for a fresh demarcation of a disputed frontier area following the deadly clashes.
The Pakistani military closed border crossings on February 16 for more than a month after a suicide bomber from a Pakistani militant group operating out of Afghanistan killed nearly 90 people at Sufi Islam's most revered shrine in Pakistan.



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