All Parties Association of Traders and local tribes continued their protest dharna for 25 consecutive days, disrupting the flow of traffic on the national highway, in a defiant stand against the government's decision to enforce a passport and visa system on the Chaman-Pak-Afghan border.
The participants of the sit-in are resolute in their demand for the government to reconsider its decision and permit local residents and businesspeople to travel across the Pak-Afghan border using the previous travel documents and emphasized that unless their demands are met, the protest will persist indefinitely.
Balochistan's Provincial Information Minister Jan Achakzai has called on the sit-in committee to cease their sit-in and engage in negotiations with the government.
Minister Achakzai asserted that the implementation of a passport and visa system is crucial for national security and urged the protesters to come to the negotiation table to find a resolution that addresses both their concerns and the country's security needs.
The prolonged protest has had significant repercussions for local businesses and the livelihoods of those dependent on cross-border trade.
The border closure and ongoing protest not only pose challenges for the local population but also raise questions about the broader implications for regional stability and diplomatic relations.