Issue Brief on “Pakistan-Afghanistan Tensions at Chaman”

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been following a downward trajectory since 2015. They have reached their lowest following a number of clashes along the Pak-Afghan border which has not only led to the closure of the border in the past but also fatalities on both sides as well.

However, the latest incident in which the Afghan forces opened fire on a Pakistani census team accompanied by the Frontier Corps (FC) on May 5 has taken relations to an all time low. As a result of indiscriminate firing from the Afghan side, 10 people including women, children and an FC personnel were killed, while 47 others sustained injuries in the Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir villages close to the Chaman border crossing in Balochistan. In response, Pakistan targeted Afghan check-posts, and killed 50 Afghan National Army personnel and injured 100.[i]

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