The Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan has reportedly been sealed in view of the developments taking place on the Afghan side of the Durand Line.
Afghan authorities say Taliban’s claims of controlling a key border crossing with Pakistan are untrue and that an attack on Spin Boldak had been repelled amid unconfirmed contradictory reports.
“The terrorist Taliban had some movements near the border area … The security forces have repelled the attack,” Interior Ministry spokesperson Tareq Arian told AFP on Wednesday, minutes after the insurgents claimed they had captured the strategic crossing.
“ANDSF says reports of Taliban taking the border are untrue,” a senior government official told TRT World.
A Pakistani security source said the insurgents had taken control of the crossing. The Afghan Defence Ministry said it was checking developments.
“The Taliban has taken control of the Afghan side of the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing,” the Pakistani security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“They have raised their flag and removed the Afghan flag,” the source said, the comments matching widely distributed videos on social media of the insurgents celebrating their alleged victory.
Para-military forces of Pakistan and Afghan Taliban are exchanging views on gate of Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing onf Af-Pak border. pic.twitter.com/22iOCdzEtO
— Muhammad Ibrahim Qazi (@miqazi) July 14, 2021
The unverified videos circulating on social media from what appears to be both sides of the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing show what appeared to be the Taliban flag being hoisted on Afghan territory instead of the country’s flag.
— Talha Hashmi (@THHehehe) July 14, 2021
Other videos show militants standing across the gate in the presence of Pakistani border guards.
Pakistani border security and Taliban forces meet at the Chaman border pic.twitter.com/Err7hbvPHC
— Aerospace & OSINT Board PSF (@AOBPAK) July 14, 2021
Meanwhile the deputy commissioner of Pakistan’s Chaman region told Arab News that the border crossing “has been completely sealed for travelling and trade” after Taliban insurgents took control of the Afghan side of Pak-Afghan friendship gate,
Provinces colored red are those where war is in full swing with Afghan armed forces on the back foot. They’re losing ground despite sometimes making advances and gaining some of it back. pic.twitter.com/Jp2RFgbbXL
— Iftikhar Firdous (@IftikharFirdous) July 12, 2021
The Taliban have launched a widespread offensive across the countryside since early May when US-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal of troops.
Since then, the insurgents have captured at least three other crossings along the borders with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies