The Taliban are reported to have flown their flag on the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan, reportedly sealed by Pakistani authorities in view of the developments taking place on the Afghan side of the Durand Line.
Afghan authorities say Taliban’s claims of controlling a key border crossing with Pakistan are untrue and that an attack on Spin Boldak post had been repelled amid unconfirmed contradictory reports of the insurgents flying their flag on the post.
“The terrorist Taliban had some movements near the border area … The security forces have repelled the attack,” Interior Ministry spokesperson Tareq Arian told AFP on Wednesday, minutes after the insurgents claimed they had captured the strategic crossing in Wesh that allows entry into Pakistan’s Chaman city.
“ANDSF says reports of Taliban taking the border are untrue,” a senior government official told TRT World.
The Taliban as well as Pakistani security sources said the group had taken control of the crossing.
“The Taliban has taken control of the Afghan side of the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing,” the Pakistani security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“They have raised their flag and removed the Afghan flag,” the source said, the comments matching widely distributed videos on social media of the insurgents celebrating their alleged victory.
The unverified videos circulating on social media from what appears to be both sides of the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing show what appeared to be the Taliban flag being hoisted on Afghan territory instead of the country’s flag.
Other videos show militants standing across the gate in the presence of Pakistani border guards.
Meanwhile the deputy commissioner of Pakistan’s Chaman region told Arab News that the border crossing “has been completely sealed for travelling and trade” after Taliban insurgents took control of the Afghan side of Pak-Afghan friendship gate.
Videos circulating on social media show Taliban insurgents refusing to let Afghan civilians cross into Pakistan from the border post.
The Taliban have launched a widespread offensive across the countryside since early May when US-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal of troops.
Since then, the insurgents have captured at least three other crossings along the borders with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.