Taliban gains control over key Afghan border crossing with Pakistan

11:06, 14 July 2021
Taliban gains control over key Afghan border crossing with Pakistan Photo: XinHua

Taliban militia movement announced on Wednesday they gained control over the border linking southern Afghanistan with Pakistan, an important trade route.

"The Mujahideen have captured an important border town called Wesh in Kandahar," a Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said.

The road between Boldak and Chaman and Kandahar customs has come under control. Around 900 trucks cross the frontier each day, linking Pakistan with Afghanistan, Iran, and other Central Asian states, according to the Afghan government information.

Previously, the chairman of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment Shafiqullah Attai reported that the Taliban took over in the city of Islam Qala, Afghanistan’s biggest trade crossing with Iran, and Turghundi in Herat province, ShirKhan Bandar in Kunduz region, and Abu Naser Farahi border port in Farah province.

"We don’t have an exact figure on the volume of trade and transit conducted from these ports as they are now with the Taliban… income has started to go to the Taliban," he said.

Recently, Kabul activated an air-defense anti-missile system to repel missiles fired at the capital by the Taliban, which secures control in Afghanistan following US-NATO military withdrawal.

Taliban officials said that the militia group had taken control of 85% of Afghan territory, seizing possession over two-thirds of the Afghan-Tajik border, and capturing main Afghan border crossing with Iran. The Islamist insurgent group announced plans to present a written peace plan for Afghanistan’s political crisis next month.

US troops have left the country almost entirely after 20 years. Roughly 650 American troops were expected to remain in the country to provide security for diplomats after the complete withdrawal, rescheduled to August 31, as the original deadline was September 11.