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The Wesh–Chaman border crossing is one of the major international border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Located on the Pak-Afghan border, it leads north from the town of Chaman, Balochistan into Wesh in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province. More generally, it links the two provincial capitals: Quetta and Kandahar.

A brick, double-arched Friendship Gate, rising three stories tall, was erected in 2003. The gate facing towards Balochistan bears the words "Proud Pakistani" and "Pakistan First".[1][2][3] Its official hours run from morning to sunset, though smuggling may continue at night.[3]

United States military presence

The Wesh-Chaman border crossing has been used by international forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan as part of a major supply route stretching from the Port of Karachi to Kandahar,[4] with roughly 60 to 100 trucks traversing Chaman daily.[1] On January 18, 2010, ISAF commander General Stanley A. McChrystal visited the site after discussing the crossing's efficiency with Pakistani authorities.[5][6] A US-run Forward operating base (FOB) is located in Spin Boldak, which monitors the border crossing along with the Afghan Border Police and the Afghan National Army.

References

  1. ^ a b Mekhennet, Souad; Oppel, Richard A. (2010-02-04). "Even Where Pakistani Law Exists, Taliban Find a Porous Border". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  2. ^ Rizvi, Muddassir (2003-12-09). "Suspicion of Pakistan runs deep". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  3. ^ a b Giovanni, Janine Di (2008-06-10). "Pakistan's Phantom Border". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2010-02-05. Note: Photograph of gate by Alex Majoli on p. 1 of story; account of visit on p. 5.
  4. ^ Roggio, Bill (2009-09-09). "Chaman border crossing closed to NATO traffic". The Long War Journal. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  5. ^ "US troops surge in Afghanistan: McChrystal inspects Chaman point to quicken equipment shipments". Pakistan Observer. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  6. ^ "McChrystal visits Chaman border". The Nation. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-02-05.

External links

Media related to Wesh–Chaman border crossing at Wikimedia Commons

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