The Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border will reopen on Monday, according to Pakistani authorities, however both sides of the border may continue to maintain heightened security.
Following an unidentified man from the Afghan border area opening fire on Pakistani border forces on November 13, the border was shut down.
Abdul Hamid Zahiri, the deputy commissioner of Shahrak-e-Chaman, which borders the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, said on Sunday, November 20, that Pakistan has agreed to restore the Chaman border after getting “firm assurances” from the Taliban.
He said that during the negotiations, the Afghan government voiced its profound shock over the incident’s occurrence and pledged to promptly apprehend and punish those responsible. It was decided during the talks to reopen the border terminal known as the Friendship Gate to travelers and businesses starting on Monday, November 21.
The border would stay closed until the Taliban hand over the attacker to the government of Pakistan, according to earlier statements from Pakistani authorities.
The Pakistanis have agreed to reopen the border, according to Mullah Abdul Shakoor Haqqani, acting head of the Taliban’s Kandahar foreign office.
“If they keep their word, they have promised about the gate reopening. The gate will be reopened on Monday, November 21 as agreed upon,” Haqqani said. “There is no problem from our side if they do not cause a problem.”
The Taliban government authorities, on the other hand, reportedly handed over the man who shot Pakistani forces at the border crossing on Sunday, according to local sources in the Kandahar province.
The main trade and transit routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan pass through the border crossings at Chaman and Torkham in southern and eastern Afghanistan respectively.
Hundreds of transport trucks carrying commercial goods were stranded on both sides of the border as a result of the recent closure of the Chaman gate.
The province of Kandahar’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed its discontent with the closure of the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing and said that Afghan businessmen had lost millions of Afghanis as a result.