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Tribesmen to protest if Durand Line remains shut

Tribesmen to protest if Durand Line remains shut

Oct 28, 2017 - 15:32

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistani tribesmen have warned of a storm of protests if the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in the tribal region of Parachinar is not reopened soon.

The Kurram political administration had announced shutting the Durand Line crossing on October 15 after an IED attack that killed four paramilitary troops.

On Friday, tribesmen have asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, security forces and the political administration to re-open the frontier for all kinds of traffic to mitigate their plight.

Speaking to reporters in Parachinar, trade union president Masaaib Hussain said the government said residents of border villages relied on income from trade and other activities.

Rauf Hussain, president of transport association, also urged the government to reopen the border. At the same time, he called for the Afghan authorities to let the trade resume between the two countries.

If the government did reopen the border, they would stage protests in Peshawar and outside the Parliament House in Islamabad, they threatened.