Tue, Feb 21, 2017 | updated 08:24 AM IST

Pakistan -Afghanistan border in Chaman shut

Updated: Aug 20, 2016 11:37 IST

Quetta (Pakistan), Aug. 20 (ANI): The Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman has been shut by the authorities after reports surfaced yesterday that a large number of Afghan demonstrators attacked the Friendship Gate and disrespected the Pakistani flag.

The incident that took place on Thursday evening and now has led to suspension in the movement of trucks involved in trade shipments between the two countries, reports the Dawn.

"The Friendship Gate at the Pak-Afghan border has been closed after the flag burning incident," the Dawn quoted a senior security official, as saying.

He said that the border with Afghanistan will remain closed for an indefinite period.

"We will not open the gate until orders to do so are received from the high command," officials deployed at the gate said.

According to reports, large number of Afghan nationals, celebrating the 97th anniversary of their country's Independence Day had gathered near the Friendship Gate after marching through the streets of the Spin Boldak town across the border.

During the march they carried placards and banners inscribed with anti-Pakistan slogans.

The Afghan demonstrators later started pelting the Friendship Gate with stones, smashing windowpanes of the building.

The Frontier Corps personnel avoided taking any action against the Afghan protesters who marched to the gate after seeing Pakistanis who had staged a protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on Balochistan the same day.

Reports suggest that Afghan demonstrators snatched the national flag from a Pakistani protester who stood close to the Friendship Gate and set it on fire.

Meanwhile, hundreds trucks, carrying NATO supplies and goods for Afghanistan and Pakistan, have been stranded on both sides of the border.

Every day around thousands of traders from both the countries cross into Chaman and Vesh Mandi in connection with their business in the border towns.

Following the incidents, security has been stepped up at the border after more Frontier Corps personnel had been deployed. (ANI)

New York [USA], Feb. 21 (ANI): Despite the calls for boycotts, fragrance sold under Ivanka Trump's line is currently a top seller on Amazon.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 21 (ANI): On Presidents Day, thousands of Americans took to streets on Monday to denounce incumbent President Donald Trump.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb. 21 (ANI): As the world celebrates International Mother Language Day it would be right to say that this day holds much more significance to Bangladesh, which will today pay homage to its language movement heroes.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb. 21 (ANI): As the clock struck midnight, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid led the nation in paying tributes by placing wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar to pay homage to the language movement heroes on International Mother Language Day .

Full Story >>

Sydney [Australia], Feb. 21 (ANI): A plane with five people on board has crashed into the side of a shopping centre near Essendon Airport, in Melbourne's north, sparking a fire at the centre.

Full Story >>

Pence admits being 'disappointed' with Flynn

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 04:20 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 21 (ANI): U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for the first time while publicly commenting on Michael Flynn said that he was "disappointed" that former the national security adviser misled him about his conversation with the Russian ambassador.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 21 (ANI): A police officer, while responding to a car crash incident, was shot dead on Monday in Whittier, Los Angeles, according to investigators.

Full Story >>

British Parliament debates Trump's UK visit

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 02:40 IST

London [UK], Feb. 21 (ANI): U.S President Donald Trump was accused of behaving "like a petulant child," during a British Parliament debate on his state visit.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 21 (ANI): President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, as his new national security advisor as a replacement of Michael Flynn.

Full Story >>

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Feb. 21 (ANI): North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia, on Monday, denied identifying the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): As the U.S. President Donald Trump, on Monday, wished America a 'Happy Presidents Day,' thousands of protesters are gearing up for demonstration against him on his special day.

Full Story >>

Russian ambassador to UN dies in New York

Updated: Feb 20, 2017 23:21 IST

Moscow [Russia], Feb. 20 (ANI): Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died in

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 20 (ANI): The Afghanistan Government on Monday handed over to Pakistan a list of 32 terrorist training centres and 85 terrorists based in Pakistan.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Even after U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the United States, production of the former's daughter Ivanka Trump's shoes has not stopped in China.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday continued his tirade against 'fake news media', saying that its claim of large scale immigration in Sweden working out beautifully is incorrect.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 20 (ANI): In a departure from what U.S. President Donald Trump has been saying, Defence Secretary James Mattis said they were not in Iraq to seize oil.

Full Story >>

Karachi (Sindh) [Pakistan], Feb.20 (ANI): Leaders and activists of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSSM) have claimed success for their province-wide strike against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and state-sponsored torture of secular Sindhi nationalist activists.

Full Story >>

By Binod Prasad Adhikari

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 20 (ANI): Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has said it is unfair to accuse Kabul of supporting terrorism and violence as the country itself is a victim of terrorism.

Full Story >>

Muzaffarabad [PoK], Feb. 20 (ANI): Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's so-called Prime Minister Farooq Haider loves to visit foreign countries and the fact that people of the region whom he administers are suffering, makes no differences to him.

Full Story >>