Spin Boldak border crossing opened for three hours on Sunday night after Afghan passengers who were stranded on Pakistan’s side of the crossing started quarreling with the Pakistani military. But the two crossings have otherwise remained closed for around a month.
It is reported that thousands are stranded on both sides of Spin Boldak crossing.
Residents from Afghanistan's south and east called on Kabul and Islamabad to take steps toward reopening the Wesh-Chaman and Spin Boldak border crossings which have been closed for around a month.
“Our voices are not heard. We are here for two weeks. Several people died inside cars,” said Ahmadullah, an Uruzgan resident.
“It is three weeks that Spin Boldak is closed. It is the time for exporting fruits too, this harms trade and the economy,” said Farooq, a resident of Kandahar province.
However, the Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a recent visit to Kabul talked about strengthening commercial relations and reopening borders, but apparently the border problem have not been addressed yet.
“The problem must be solved. As before, the travelling should be based on identity cards, the issue of having passports and visas should not be considered,” said Abdul Aziz, a Nangarhar resident.
Qureshi pledged that Torkham Gate would reopen soon, but the gate is still closed.