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Pakistan opens Chaman border crossing to allow ailing Afghans to return

Quetta: A Pakistani government official says authorities have made an exception for ailing Afghans, allowing them to leave and return home through a key border crossing that was closed following a deadly exchange last

File image of the Pakistan Army. Reuters

File image of the Pakistan Army. Reuters

Pakistan and Afghanistan traded gunfire at the Chaman border last Friday, leaving casualties on both sides, a rare escalation in tensions between the two neighbours.

Local official, Qaiser Khan, said today the border will remain closed for everyone except sick Afghan nationals. Pakistan said Afghan forces opened fire on Pakistani census workers at Chaman, killing 11 people. Afghanistan says the Pakistanis started shooting first and that two soldiers and nine civilians died on the Afghan side.

Pakistani and Afghan experts are now jointly surveying villages in the area to determine which side they belong to.

Published Date: May 09, 2017 15:14 PM | Updated Date: May 09, 2017 15:14 PM

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