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Pakistan seals key border crossing for Afghanistan after shrine attack

  • In wake of the ghastly suicide bombing at famous sufi shrine, Pakistan has sealed a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, thus putting a halt on trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country.

    The border closure at Chaman in the southwest province of Baluchistan came after an attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalander shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday that left 88 pilgrims dead.

    The move is being witnessed as effort to put pressure on Kabul to take action against militants who, as per Pakistan, have sanctuaries in Afghanistan. The Islamic State group has claimed the responsibility for the attack at shrine.

    Meanwhile security forces of Pakistan have launched nationwide operations that, according to them, have eliminated more than 100 terrorists. Pakistan had earlier closed the border at Torkham, said a senior army official.

    Torkham connects Afghanistan's Nangarhar province to Pakistan and Chaman is located near Spin Boldak in Kandahar.