Pakistan: Traders call for reopening of Afghan border

In this file photo, a man passes a road sign while pulling supplies toward the Pak-Afghan border crossing in Chaman Nov. 28, 2011. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Pakistan: Traders call for reopening of Afghan border

  • Laborers have sat idle for the past week watching their wares spoil as the Khar Lachi border point has remained shut since Sunday, says a representative of traders in Parachinar
  • A security official said the border will only be reopened after the area’s tribes from both sides meet

PARACHINAR, Pakistan: Pakistani traders have demanded the reopening of an Afghan border point closed last week after a deadly clash between the two sides.
Nazir Ahmed, a representative of traders in Parachinar, said Saturday that the closure has badly affected their businesses.
Last Sunday’s clash at the Laka Tega border post left five Pakistani paramilitary soldiers dead. Pakistan’s Foreign Office said earlier this week that the incident was addressed through “diplomatic and military channels.”
But Ahmed says laborers have sat idle for the past week watching their wares spoil as the Khar Lachi border point has remained shut since Sunday.
A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said the border will only be reopened after the area’s tribes from both sides meet.

 

 


Drones disrupt flights at Singapore airport for second time in a week

Updated 33 min 35 sec ago
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Drones disrupt flights at Singapore airport for second time in a week

SINGAPORE: Unauthorized drone flying caused the second spate of delays and flight diversions in less than a week at Singapore’s Changi airport on Monday night, the city-state’s aviation authority said.
Around 18 departures and arrivals were delayed and seven flights were diverted from the global transit hub due to “bad weather and unauthorized drone activities,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement on Tuesday.
The disruption lasted about an hour, it said.
Last week Changi, one of Asia’s busiest hubs, closed one of its runways for short periods due to unauthorized drone flying, disrupting 38 flights.
It is against the law in Singapore to fly a drone within five kilometers (three miles) of an airport without a permit.
Authorities are investigating.
A surge in the availability of drones has become an increasing security concern for airports around the world.
In December, drone sightings caused three days of travel chaos at London’s Gatwick airport, resulting in the cancelation or diversion of about 1,000 flights at an estimated cost of more than 50 million pounds ($64 million).