Thousands protest against requirement of passports to travel across Durand Line

KANDAHAR CITY (SW) – In reaction to the decision of passport policy at the Durand’ Line, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Chaman, Baluchistan on 27th consecutive day.

The protestors want the Pakistani government to take back this decision on the crossing at the Durand Line so that people can be able to travel freely.

Thousands of children joined the protestors who carried slogans like “No Passport” and other slogans.

A number of protesters told Salam Watandar that the Pakistani government wants to separate them from their family members and relatives with this decision.

According to them, most of the residents of Quetta and Kandahar are related and business is going on both sides, which will be affected by this decision.

One of the protestors, Sami Khan, said: “The demand is that we do not accept passports for Chaman-Spinboldak because it affects the relations between the people of Kandahar’s Spinboldak-Chaman. Those Chamanwalas who do business in Badr or Kandahar who do business in Chaman, those are crores and (hundreds of rupees) businesses are affected.

Although it has been almost a month since the protestors started protesting about the non-acceptance of passports, they have not yet received a clear answer to this problem.

Hikmat Saba, who is a member of the pprotesting group, told Salam Watandar that it has been 28 days since they started this protest and according to him, both sides have a relationship and cannot be separated from each other.

He said: “The people of Afghanistan have land here and the people of this place in Afghanistan have never accepted this passport and will not accept it. Now the people have gone to Islamabad and today the protesters went to Quetta and they are sitting there.”

The protestors say that they will continue their protest until the government of Pakistan withdraws this decision.