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Main Afghanistan-Pakistan border crossing closed after guards exchange fire

  • The closure of a key border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan highlights the increasing tensions between the two neighbors. Border guards from both sides exchanged fire, but there were no reported casualties. Pakistani government and military officials are in contact with their Afghan counterparts to defuse tensions. The closure has caused delays for commercial traffic and trade between Pakistan and Central Asian countries.
  • The clash between Afghan and Pakistani forces comes days after the caretaker Pakistani Prime Minister claimed that U.S. Military equipment left behind in Afghanistan had fallen into the hands of the Pakistani Taliban. The Pakistani Taliban, who are separate from but allied with the Afghan Taliban, have intensified attacks on Pakistani security forces.
  • Previous clashes at the border occurred due to disputes over the construction of new posts. Pakistan has completed fencing along 97% of the border to prevent cross-border attacks and smuggling. Pakistan accuses the Afghan Taliban of providing sanctuaries for Pakistani militants in Afghanistan.
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