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Pakistan, Afghanistan Agree To Reopen Chaman Border Crossing

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Pakistan has reopened a border crossing that had been closed for almost two weeks after Afghan protesters burned the Pakistani flag at a rally nearby.

Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps early on September 1 reopened the crossing between the Afghan town of Spin Boldak and Chaman, Pakistan -- a border town in Pakistan''s southwestern province of Balochistan.

The move comes 13 days after it was closed in the aftermath of the flag-burning protest.

Along with the Khyber pass crossing at Torkham between Jalalabad and Peshawar, the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing is now one of only two official border crossing points between Afghanistan and Pakistan that is open.

Thousands of people use it daily to visit relatives on the other side of the boundary. It's also used extensively for trade.

The Frontier Corps said the decision to reopen the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing came after successful talks between the two sides on August 31.

Pakistan's International News agency said Pakistan agreed to the reopening after Afghanistan tendered a written apology for the August 18 flag-burning incident.

With reporting by AP, Dunya News, and The International News.com
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