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Sardar Muhammad Khondai:

CHAMAN: Over three dozen people, including 16 policemen, were injured during violent clashes in Chaman, a city on the border with Afghanistan. The unrest occurred as participants of a prolonged sit-in staged a protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office and the Frontier Corps fort.

Dr. Asmat Achakzai, the Medical Superintendent of Chaman Hospital, confirmed that 27 injured individuals were brought to the hospital. He noted that most injuries resulted from tear gas and bullets. Following the escalation, an emergency was declared at the hospital to ensure prompt medical care for the injured.

According to Shahid Rind, the spokesman for the Balochistan government, the violence erupted when protesters attacked security forces, resulting in injuries to 16 policemen and Levies personnel. “Police and Levies retaliated to the violent protesters,” Rind stated.

However, protest leaders contested this version of events. Faiz Muhammad, a prominent figure among the Chaman protesters, accused the security forces of using force without justification. “The forces attacked us without any provocation,” he claimed.

The violence led to seven severely injured individuals being transferred to the trauma center of the Civil Hospital in Quetta for further treatment. The situation remains tense in Chaman, with heightened security measures in place as of the filing of this report.

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