Pakistani forces clashed on Thursday with hundreds of Afghans stranded on Pakistan’s side of a commercially vital crossing point with Afghanistan after its closure by Taliban, Pakistani security officials said as quoted by Reuters.
The disturbances broke out after a 56-year-old Afghan traveler died of a heart attack as he waited in the dusty heat to enter Afghanistan via the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing, Arif Kakar, a Pakistani official on the scene, said as quoted by Reuters.
According to Reuters report, protesters carried his body to a local Pakistani government office demanding the border be reopened. Some began throwing stones at security forces, who responded by firing tear gas and charging the protesters with batons to disperse them. No injuries were reported.
The Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing is landlocked Afghanistan’s second busiest entry point and main commercial artery to the Pakistani seacoast.
Taliban captured Spin Boldak district last month. They announced the closure of the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing on Aug. 6 in protest at a Pakistani decision to end visa-free travel for Afghans.
The group is demanding Pakistan allow Afghans to cross the frontier with either an Afghan ID card or a Pakistani-issued refugee registration card.
According to Reuters, some 900 trucks went through the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing daily before the Taliban seized it.