Pak-Afghan border: Pakistan asks villagers to evacuate homes

Pak-Afghan border: Pakistan asks villagers to evacuate homes

CHAMAN: The bilateral ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have deteriorated to an extent that Pakistan has taken decision of evacuation of villagers from the Chaman border villages.

The administration of Chaman area on Saturday directed residents of villages near the Afghanistan border to vacate the area in wake of tensions after Afghan forces opened fire on Frontier Corps Balochistan soldiers a day earlier, killing at least 11 and injuring several others.

Deputy Commissioner Chaman Qaiser Khan said that residents of Kali Luqman, Kali Jahangir and other villages bordering Afghanistan gave been directed through loudspeakers and pamphlets to immediately vacate their areas and move to safer locations.

He added that the flag meeting between senior army officials of the two countries to discuss border situation is under way at the Bab-e-Dosti gate for the second consecutive day.

The Afghan delegation will also be pressed to permit continuing of census in Kali Luqman and Kali Jehangir.

The meeting held last night had ended inconclusively.

The Pakistan-Afghanistan Chaman border remained closed for the second consecutive day on Saturday.