Senior officials said that the Afghan army regained the southern border crossing, but the Taliban rejected this claim, saying it still controls the town.
A senior Afghan government official said that the Afghan security forces had regained control of the important southern border crossing with Pakistan temporarily occupied by the Taliban, but the Taliban rejected this claim, saying it still controls the town.
Taliban fighters Captured On Wednesday, the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing was the second most important border crossing with Pakistan and an important source of income for the Western-backed Kabul government.
But the Afghan army recaptured the region’s main market, customs department and other government facilities in the border town a few hours later, a senior government official in the southern Kandahar province where the border crossing is located told Reuters on Thursday. .
The official said that government forces initially retreated to minimize the loss of civilians and security personnel, and are now conducting cleanup operations.
He warned that because the number of Taliban fighters in the area exceeds the number of Afghan security forces, the threat remains high.
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his troops still occupy border posts.
“This is just propaganda and baseless claims by the Kabul government,” he told Reuters.
Worrying about the spread of war, Pakistan closed the border side of the second busiest border crossing on the main commercial artery between Kandahar, the second largest city in Afghanistan, and the port of Pakistan.
With the withdrawal of international forces headed by the United States, the Taliban occupied several areas in the north and west and other border ports, and the conflict between the Taliban and government forces intensified.
With the rapid deterioration of the security situation, the focus of diplomatic efforts is to push the hostile Afghan parties towards a ceasefire in their intermittent talks in Qatar.
As the deteriorating security situation has triggered concerns about the new Afghan refugee crisis, President Ashraf Ghani will meet with regional leaders in Uzbekistan on Thursday. Pakistan said it will host a meeting of Afghan senior leaders to find solutions. .
For many years, Pakistan has been accused of supporting the Taliban in order to prevent its old rival India’s influence in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies this.
Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chowdhury said on Twitter: “Important Afghan leaders including Hamid Karzai have been invited.” He was referring to the former president of Afghanistan, who is still a member of Kabul. Influential people.
Chowdhury said Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had a conversation with Karzai later on Wednesday. He did not elaborate, but told Reuters that the Taliban leaders would not attend because Pakistan is holding separate talks with them.
Karzai and some senior Afghan political leaders are expected to fly to Qatar this weekend to hold talks with members of the Taliban who have offices in the capital Doha.
The armed group ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001 when they were removed from their posts after they attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.
Since then, they have been fighting to expel foreign troops and overthrow the Western-backed Kabul government.