Chaman: border with Afghanistan closed after Taliban take over bordering areas
Sardar Muhammad Khondai, News Desk :
Pakistan has closed its border with Afghanistan on Wednesday morning after some bordering areas fell to the Taliban. The Spokesman of the Taliban said the group has taken the control of Spin Boldak, a strategically important district headquarter linking the border with Kandahar, the Afghan province. The group had launched its movement back in 1994 from a mud-blowing district and then captured almost the whole of Afghanistan.
“We have closed the border after fighting between the Afghan forces and Taliban”, a senior administration official told Quetta Voice. He requested anonymity. “With this, the important road between Spin Boldak and Chaman and Kandahar customs have come under Mujahideen control.”, Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban Spokesman quoted by news agencies.
“Taliban raised their white flags at the border”
“Taliban have also raised their white flags and removed the Afghan flag at the Friendship gate”, the official informed. Although, the government in Kabul is yet to make any comment about the fall of bordering areas to the Taliban.
The Taliban have launched a widespread offensive across the countryside since early May when US-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal of troops.
Taliban launched an offensive against Afghan forces
Since then, the group has captured at least three other crossings along the borders with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. Taliban have launched a countrywide offensive against the Afghan forces.
“All trade activities and movement of the people suspended at the Friendship gate”, the senior administration official mentioned. Traders, common people waited for hours to cross the border on Wednesday. However, the border remained closed because of the security situation.
Security also tightened at the Pak-Afghan border Chaman in the aftermath of unfolding developments on the Afghan side. Frontier Corps (FC) personnel deployed at the border to maintain the order.