For the first time in 50 years, the Afghan government has banned Pakistani vehicles and motorcycles from entering the country, according to a report on the website of the Pakistan's Geo TV.
There will however be no restrictions on people traveling across the border on foot or heavy vehicles transporting goods into Afghanistan. Geo TV reports that in a handout, the Afghan interior ministry said that some 20,000 to 30,000 people travel across the Pakistan-Afghan border at Chaman everyday for trading and other business and now their entry has been banned.
Reports say that the ban will be enforced from June 14.
The commander in chief of the Afghan Border Forces, Abdur Razzaq Khan Panjsheri, told Geo TV that the action was being taken for security reasons, against the backdrop of increasing violence across the border.
He said that the Pakistani Forces have also been asked to stop all such vehicles at Chaman from proceeding so that there is no chance of any disorder at the border.
According to Pakistani border officials quoted in the report, the action could have adverse effects on trade between the two neighbours.
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