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Chaman-Spin Boldak Friendship Gate remains shut

Chaman-Spin Boldak Friendship Gate remains shut

Mar 19, 2020 - 18:00

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon is yet to reopen the Chaman-Spin Boldak Friendship Gate while former Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah on Thursday welcomed Islamabad’s decision to keep the border crossing open.

Pakistan closed the Chaman-Spin Boldak Friendship Gate on March 2 over fears of Coronavirus outbreak.

CEO Dr. Abdullah tweeted, “I thank Pakistan PM @ImrankhanPTI& Pakistan govt for keeping Chaman-Boldak border open for the flow of foodstuff & key commodities at this critical time.”

However, officials in southern Kandahar province say the gate remains closed.

On the other hand, Afghan ambassador in Pakistan Atif Mashal also welcomed the gate’s reopening and said the decision followed their discussion with Pakistani Foreign Ministry officials that the gate will remain open from one side for trading goods.

Sharif Gharzai, border security forces commissar, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been also informed about the gate’s reopening, but the Pakistani side was yet take the step.

He said they had made all preparations for the gate’s reopening and customs employees were available in their offices.

He said they twice contacted Pakistani officials, but about their response was negative.

Baheer Ahmadi, the Kandahar governor’s spokesman, said the Chaman-Spin Boldak Friendship Gate had been closed for all movement over fears of Coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier, Eng. Abdul BaqiBena, head of the Kandahar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), said that Pakistan closed the crossing amid dry fruits exports to the country.  He hoped Pakistan will not keep the gate shut for more than one week.

Sharifullah, a businessman, said Pakistan could intensify its efforts to control the outbreak of the deadly disease instead of closing the gate.



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