Pakistan closes important border crossing with Afghanistan following reports of the Taliban seizing the key area nearby

Karachi: Pakistan has closed its central border crossing with Afghanistan in Balochistan province following reports of Taliban fighters taking control of a key border crossing point, Spin Boldak, in Afghanistan, a senior official said on Wednesday. Chaman Assistant Commissioner Arif Kakar confirmed to the media that the Friendship Gate junction at the Chaman border with Afghanistan has been closed.Read also – Maharashtra SSC results 2021 Expected today on Top updates class 10. students should know

“Security is on high alert,” he said, but did not comment on reports of Taliban fighters taking control of the Spin Boldak crossing.

Spin Boldak is a strategic crossing point along the border with the Pakistani city of Chaman, and heavy trade takes place between the two countries from this point.

In recent weeks, the Taliban have made gains by seizing a number of border crossings and dry ports.

Social media platforms carried images of Taliban fighters near the Spin Boldak crossing, though Afghan government officials insisted they still had control of the area.

Social media showed reports that the Taliban had taken control of the important road between (Spin) Boldak and Chaman and Kandahar customs with the Mujahideen assuring traders and residents in the area that their “safety is guaranteed”.

The Pakistani government insists it will not take sides in Afghanistan as foreign troops withdraw from the war-torn country.

Taliban militants have seized dozens of districts in Afghanistan in recent weeks and are now believed to be controlling about a third of the country during the withdrawal of US and Western troops from Afghanistan.

Under an agreement with the Taliban, the United States and its NATO allies agreed to withdraw all troops in return for a militant commitment that they would prevent extremist groups from operating in areas they control.

US President Joe Biden announced last week that America’s nearly 20-year military mission to Afghanistan will end on August 31.

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