Right Now Times : The situation in the border town of Chaman in Balochistan remained tense for the second day while ten more people were injured due to firing and stoning.
At least three people, including a woman, were killed and 13 others were injured in a firing incident during a protest against the border closure in Chaman, which borders Afghanistan, yesterday.
Right Now Times : The protesters claimed that security forces opened fire on them, injuring several people. The Balochistan Home Minister has denied the allegations and announced an investigation.
Right Now Times : “Ten people were brought to the hospital today, five of whom were shot,” said a senior Chaman Hospital official.
According to the official, four of the five people who were shot were shifted to Quetta after receiving medical treatment in Chaman.
According to hospital officials, five people were injured in the attack, including Levies Force personnel.
Sit-in near Afghan border
Right Now Times : According to reports from Chaman, a large number of protesters gathered on Friday morning and staged a sit-in on the highway between the two countries near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
According to reports, Levies Force personnel tried to disperse the protesters, during which the protesters hurled stones at Levies Force personnel and also set fire to one of their vehicles. Levies Force personnel were injured in the blast.
Right Now Times : Protesters also vandalized a nearby quarantine center. According to reports, five protesters were injured in the firing.
There are also reports that there was an exchange of fire between the border forces of the two countries last night.
A video in this regard has also surfaced but has not yet been confirmed by Pakistani authorities.
Right Now Times : Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Lango and other ministers have arrived in the border town of Chaman to assess the tense situation on the border.
There was also a meeting to review the situation, attended by civilian and military officials.
Why are there demonstrations?
The border from Chaman was closed in March due to Corona.
Right Now Times : However, it was later opened to bilateral trade, Afghan transit trade and NATO forces vehicles, but the pedestrian ban was maintained.
Prior to Corona’s ban, thousands of traders and laborers from Chaman traveled to and from the Afghan border on a daily basis for business and labor.
Right Now Times : According to government officials, on humanitarian grounds for Eid, Pakistani authorities decided to open the border for two days of pedestrian traffic so that Afghans could travel to Afghanistan to celebrate Eid and from there to Pakistan.
Traders and laborers gathered as usual near the border to protest, but were told by security forces to stay away so that the border could be opened to those going to Afghanistan.
Right Now Times : However, on Thursday, when traders and workers refused to end the protest, it was delayed, prompting people heading to Afghanistan to try to remove roadblocks.
Tear gas shells were reportedly used to disperse the crowd. Meanwhile, angry people set fire to the quarantine center and NADRA office on the border.
Three people, including a woman, were killed and more than 13 were injured in the firing.
Right Now Times : Protesters and some political parties allege that security forces opened fire on protesters, injuring several.
However, Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Ziaullah Langu has strongly denied allegations that security forces opened fire on protesters.
Right Now Times : Talking to media persons in Quetta, he said that he had asked the officials of the security forces and was told that they did not fire directly.
The Home Minister said that an inquiry would also be held into the matter.
Condemnation of the incident at Chaman Border
Political parties in Balochistan have condemned the incident in Chaman.
Right Now Times : A press release issued by the provincial secretariat of the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (MAP) alleged that the FC opened fire on unarmed and innocent civilians in Chaman.
The statement said that the citizens and political parties of Chaman have been protesting against the continuous closure of the trade route for the last two months and have been demanding that the trade route of Chaman be restored to its March 2 position. Not recognized.
Right Now Times : Pashtunkhwa Map demanded that the trade route be opened immediately and the ban on public movement be lifted and action be taken against the officers and officials involved in the firing incident through a high-level judicial commission.
Right Now Times : A provincial statement from the Awami National Party, which is part of the Balochistan coalition government, condemned the incident at the Chaman border, saying that the incident at the Chaman border did not reflect any serious behavior.
“The treatment meted out to unarmed, poor people, women, children and the elderly is not only reprehensible but also reprehensible,” the statement said.
Right Now Times : According to the statement, the same concerns that had been raised by the party about the Chaman border for the past five months happened on Thursday.
The Awami National Party has announced protests against the incident in all district headquarters today.
Right Now Times : The statement said that in the blessed days of Eid-ul-Adha, the gate at Chaman border was opened for pedestrian traffic for two days yesterday but people were not allowed to come and go again on Thursday. Anxiety and anxiety began to grow among the people and as a result a tragic incident took place.
Sanaullah Baloch of the Balochistan National Party said, “Chaman’s border issue was not so serious that it would have led to war with himself and the neighboring country.”
‘Mischievous elements try to take advantage’
Right Now Times : At least three people, including a woman, were killed and 13 others were injured in firing during a protest against the border closure in Chaman on Thursday.
After the firing, the situation has become tense in the border town of Chaman adjacent to Afghanistan and the adjoining border area.
Protesters have also set fire to some government offices.
Right Now Times : A senior Chaman Hospital official told the BBC that three people, including a woman, had been killed. He said 13 people were also injured in the shooting and were shifted to Quetta for treatment after receiving first aid.
Right Now Times : “Our protesting brothers entered the red zone and tried to cross the border by force,” Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langu told a news conference in Quetta.
He said that the quarantine center and NADRA office have also been set on fire there.
He said that the mischievous elements tried to take advantage of this situation and try to make the situation worse.
Who is responsible for the incident?
Right Now Times : A hospital official in Chaman said the shooting killed three people, including a woman.
He said that 13 people were also injured in the firing and they were shifted to Quetta for treatment after providing first aid.
In Chaman, traders and laborers blamed security forces for firing, saying they opened fire, killing and injuring people.
Right Now Times : However, the Balochistan Home Minister has denied the allegation of direct firing by security forces. He said he had questioned security officials and said no such firing had taken place.
The Home Minister said that an inquiry would also be held into the matter.
Right Now Times : He said that on such occasions, enemies of the country and mischievous elements try to take advantage of the situation.
According to reports from Chaman, security at the border has been tightened since the incident