Pedestrian traffic through Chaman border rises after Taliban’s takeover

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Earlier, approximately 12,000 people used to cross this border in a single day, the official added….reports Asian Lite News

Pedestrian traffic through Pakistan’s South-western Chaman border crossing has swiftly increased after the Taliban’s hostile takeover of Afghanistan.

“About 18,000 people are now crossing the border on a daily basis,” Hameed Ullah, the head of the Coronavirus Health team at the Chaman border told CNN.

Earlier, approximately 12,000 people used to cross this border in a single day, the official added.

People also informed that there is a “situation of tension at the Chaman border” at the moment and “thousands of people” are coming to Pakistan side of the border, CNN reported.

A few days back, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing at Chaman was reopened on August 14 after the Taliban’s forceful shutdown of the border.

The terror group last month captured the Chaman crossing through its aggressive offensive against the Afghan government forces

This decision of opening the border was taken following a meeting between Pakistani and Taliban officials, Dawn newspaper reported. The transit trade and import and export of goods have resumed which had remained suspended for over a week.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s export business has been affected since Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, resulting in a delay in the supply of goods to the war-torn country via the Torkham border.

According to the traders and customs clearing agents at the border crossing, the country’s exports and trading activities with Afghanistan have been reduced due to uncertainty and fears caused by the delay in the formation of the new government in Kabul, reported Dawn.

“It’s complete chaos in Afghanistan. We don’t expect a permanent and secure business strategy from the Afghan Taliban, who seized Kabul early last week after nearly all of the country,” exporter and custom clearing agent Mujeebur Rehman said, reported the Pakistani publication.

The exporter also said that almost all banks, currency exchange markets and business centres were closed in major Afghan cities, including Kabul, so it was not possible for Pakistan exporters to deliver the consignments already booked for Afghanistan and take fresh orders for fear of losses.

The Taliban is responsible for 2,978 civilian casualties (917 killed, and 2,061 injured) in the first six months of 2021. The war tactics by the Taliban include the use of IEDs, rocket fires, target killing, and ground battles

“Transactions through banks and other informal channels have completely halted since the Afghan Taliban entered Kabul,” he added.

Dawn continued reporting quoting Mujeebur Rehman that most local traders had yet to make any contact with Afghan buyers as a majority of them had either gone into hiding or were unwilling to accept new consignments despite advance payments.

“Full-fledged trading activities will resume only after the new administration in Kabul announces its trade policy and custom duties for Pakistani exporters,” he said.

Last week, the terror group entered the presidential palace in Kabul soon after president Ashraf Ghani fled the Afghan capital. The Taliban announced the end of the war and gave general amnesty to everyone. However, Kabul is witnessing chaos as a large number of people have been approaching the Hamid Karzai International Airport in a bid to flee the country. (ANI)

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