The Babe-e-Dosti border crossing at Pak-Afghan border in Chaman remained shut for the third consecutive day amid growing tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan over the issue of border fencing.
All trade activities through the border crossing remain suspended.
Security officials said Pakistan has extended an offer to open the gate, but Afghan authorities rejected it. However, citizens from both sides are allowed to cross the border by walk.
On the other side, the customs officials said that the suspended economic activities include the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) supplies and Afghan Transit Trade among others.
The customs authorities have further divulged that various trucks of perishable produce naming grapes and pomegranate are stuck on the border.
Fruits traders from both sides are concerned that the fruits, vegetables and other perishable food items started rotting over the time.
It is pertinent to mention here that clashes erupted on Oct 14 between Pakistani and Afghan forces over border fencing near the Durand Line in Spin Boldak district.
The Afghan forces opened fire on the Pakistani personnel who were installing barbed wire in Saro Sahano area. Pakistani troops retaliated, as they were unable to carry on the task.
Afghan authorities are opposed to the idea of fencing the Pak-Afghan border to contain infiltrations of terrorists and their movements across the border. Notably, clashes between the two forces on the border of Spin Bold district have occurred many times in the past.