PESHAWAR – The Pakistan-Afghanistan border remained closed for the 19th consecutive day on Tuesday following unprovoked firing by Afghan forces on Pakistan’s Frontier Corps (FC) personnel appointed for security of population census team in Balochistan’s Chaman area.

According to security authorities, the process of census has been completed in Killi Jahangir and Killi Luqman, but had been suspended due to growing hostility along the border.

On May 5, at least 11 people including three children and two women were killed by the firing and shelling of Afghan forces near the major border crossing where Pakistani census officials were carrying out their census. Over 50 others including FC officers were injured.

Following the attack, the Chaman border was closed by authorities for trade and other activities. However, the authorities let the Afghan patients to go to Afghanistan.