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.

 

 


UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

Updated 26 March 2019
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UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

  • UN human rights office spokeswoman says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community

GENEVA: The United Nations is deploying crime-scene investigators, human rights officers and a child protection expert to central Mali to investigate intercommunal violence over the weekend that killed more than 150 people, one-third of them children.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani of the UN human rights office says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community.
She said Tuesday the “horrific attacks” signal a “spike in killings” in a cycle of violence in the region that has caused 600 deaths and displaced thousands since last March.
Shamdasani said the attacks appeared to be motivated by an effort to eliminate violent Islamic extremist groups active in Mali, but that “millions of people are being painted as violent extremists simply because they are Muslim.”