Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan presiding over a high level meeting about Pak-Afghan border Chaman: Photo provided by DGPR

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Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan while taking notice of the closure of the Pak-Afghan border ordered the formation of two committees to resolve issues relating to the border. Jam Kamal Khan chaired a high-level meeting with regard to the porous border and the issues faced by the masses.

One committee would meet the political parties having representation in Chaman and another would meet the people whose jobs are affected by the closure of the border, an official hand out received by the daily Quetta Voice quoting the directives of the chief minister said on Friday evening.

Political parties have demanded of the government to open the Pak-Afghan border Chaman and restore business activities to facilitate the traders community and people of the area. Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (F) and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) workers marched on roads of the bordering city to mount pressure on the government to open the border.

JUI (F) MNA, Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi and PKMAP leader Abdul Qahar Wadan led the protesters chanting slogans against the closure of the border and resumption of trade activities at the border, the daily Quetta Voice correspondent reported.

The chief minister Jam Kamal Khan was however briefed that 90 percent of goods of Afghan transit trade is smuggled back to Pakistan while inflicting huge financial losses to the national economy. Thus, the non-state actors also use the border under the cover of trade to carry out terrorist activities in Balochistan.

“Thousands of people are jobless and we want immediate restoration of trade activities”, Abdul Qahar Wadan demanded. The political leaders vowed to continue agitation for the restoration of trade activities.


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