- Title: Pakistan reopens Afghanistan border crossing after deadly exchange
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: CHAMAN BORDER, PAKISTAN (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) "FRIENDSHIP GATE" AT CHAMAN BORDER CROSSING CLOSED / SOLDIERS AND TRAVELLERS GATHERED PAKISTANI AND AFGHAN BORDER SECURITY OFFICIALS SHAKING HANDS AND GESTURING TO EACH OTHER FOR OPENING OF GATES PAKISTANI BORDER SECURITY OFFICIALS RETURNING AFTER MEETING THEIR COUNTERPARTS SOLDIER PULLING AWAY BARRIER PAKISTANI SOLDIERS OPENING GATE TRAVELLERS ARRIVING FROM AFGHANISTAN SIDE TRAVELLERS CARRYING BELONGINGS BURQA-CLAD WOMEN AND CHILDREN TRAVELLERS ARRIVING MAN SHOWING IDENTITY CARD / MEN HOLDING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS BEING SEARCHED BY BORDER SECURITY OFFICER BORDER SECURITY OFFICER SEARCHING TRAVELLERS TRUCK DRIVING PAST AFGHANISTAN FLAG TRUCK DRIVING INTO PAKISTAN SIDE TRUCK DRIVING AWAY
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 17:36
- Keywords: re-opening border crossing Pakistan Afghanistan
- Location: CHAMAN BORDER, PAKISTAN
- City: CHAMAN BORDER, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IM5TTZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: **QUALITY AS INCOMING**
Pakistan announced it had reopened a major border crossing with Afghanistan on Saturday (May 27), more than three weeks after several people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for several hours.
The Chaman crossing into Afghanistan's Kandahar province was reopened on "humanitarian grounds" after Afghan officials submitted a request, according to a statement by the Pakistani military.
"It has been agreed upon by Pakistan authorities that [a] cease fire shall continue to be maintained and no border violation will be acceptable," the statement said, noting that Pakistani troops will maintain positions along the border. Zia Durani, police spokesman for Kandahar province, said the crossing had reopened after several days of negotiations.
On May 5 Pakistan's military said a census team - guarded by troops from its Frontier Corps (FC) - that was collecting population data in a village near the border town of Chaman came under fire and at least one person was killed and 18 wounded.
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