Muharram holidays: Iran shuts Zero Point gate – The Express Tribune

Muharram holidays: Iran shuts Zero Point gate – The Express Tribune... 02/11/2014 Military

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By Our Correspondent
Published: November 2, 2014
Iran has closed the Zero Point gate along the Pakistan-Iran border in Chagai district of Balochistan on Saturday in the run-up to the Muharram holidays. However, the international border remains open for legal trade and visit.
Zero Point, located at the Taftan crossing point, is the main trading point where commercial interactions involving thousands of local people are held.
“Iran had only closed Zero Point gate at the local level,” said an official. “The border is open. The trading gate was closed because of Muharram gatherings and processions in Iran.”

Shop in Tehran presents Ashura essentials for Muharram Ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Karbala

* * * People from either provinces—the Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan, at Zero-Point exchange goods and other necessities of life on a daily basis for their livelihood. They enter either side by using Rahdari papers. The rahdari is a document issued by the local authorities allowing free cross-border movement to people living on the either sides.
Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Durrani also pointed out that Iran had shut down the Zero Point gate and not the border.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 2nd, 2014.

A file photo of a Muharram procession. PHOTO: INP

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Iran seals Taftan border for five days /
Iran's elite revolutionary border guards on Saturday closed Pak-Iran border at Taftan for five days over security concerns in the wake of upcoming Ashura - the main event of Muharram. A security official, who declined to be named, said that Iranian border guards closed the border after talks with their Pakistani counterparts. "The border would remain closed for five days," he added.

Tehran:Tekiyeh-Tajrish Bazaar Painting displays Karbala-Battle on Ashura Muharram October, 10th 680 AD

* * * The border was sealed to avoid occurrence of any untoward incident and make sure security on both sides of the porous border during Ashura. Pakistan has also deployed Frontier Corps (FC) personnel to strictly guard the border. The official said that trade activities at the border would remain suspended for five days. Pakistan shares 900km border with Iran and recently some untoward incidents took place at the border.
Last month, Iranian guards stormed inside Pakistani territory and killed one FC official and injured three others. Over 30 Iranian guards entered Pakistan and made the residents of Naukundi hostage for six hours, as well. Iran, on the other hand, claims that Pakistan-based militants carryout terror activities inside its land.
Besides, the death of two Iranian guards by 'rebels' last month, the country claimed that an Iranian soldier was killed and two pro-government militiamen wounded in September in an attack blamed on the extremist group Jaishul Adl (Army of Justice). The same group captured five Iranian soldiers in February, four of whom were released in April. The fate of the fifth man remains unknown. Skirmishes at the porous border prompted the two countries to postpone an important meeting in Tehran in late October. The meeting was scheduled to sort out issues relating to the border violence.

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