KABUL: Afghan safety forces have retaken management of a serious southern border crossing with Pakistan that the Taliban briefly captured, a senior Afghan authorities official mentioned on Thursday, however the Taliban dismissed that saying they nonetheless held the city. Taliban fighters captured the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing on Wednesday, the second most vital crossing on the border with Pakistan and a serious income for the western-backed authorities in Kabul. However Afghan forces retook the realm’s most important market, the customs division and different authorities installations within the border city just a few hours in a while Wednesday, a senior authorities official within the southern province of Kandahar, the place the crossing is situated, advised Reuters. Authorities forces, who had initially fallen again to minimise civilian and safety personnel losses, have been conducting clearing operations, the official mentioned. He warned that the risk remained excessive as Taliban fighters outnumbered Afghan safety forces within the space. However Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, mentioned his forces nonetheless held the border submit. “It’s merely propaganda and a baseless declare by the Kabul administration,” he advised Reuters. Pakistan, fearful a couple of spillover of preventing, had shut its facet of the border on the second busiest border crossing on the primary industrial artery between the second Afghan metropolis of Kandahar and Pakistani ports. Clashes between the Taliban and authorities forces have intensified as US-led worldwide forces have been withdrawing and the Taliban have captured a number of districts and different border crossings within the north and west. ‘IMPORTANT LEADERS’ With safety deteriorating sharply, diplomatic efforts focussing on pushing the rival Afghan sides to make progress in direction of a ceasefire at talks that they’ve been holding intermittently in Qatar. President Ashraf Ghani was as a result of meet regional leaders in Uzbekistan on Thursday because the deteriorating safety raises fears of a brand new Afghan refugee disaster and Pakistan mentioned it could host a convention of senior Afghan leaders in a bid to search out options. Pakistan was for years accused of backing the Taliban with the purpose of blocking the affect of its outdated rival India in Afghanistan. Pakistan denied that. “Necessary Afghan leaders, together with Hamid Karzai, have been invited,” Pakistan’s info minister, Fawad Chaudhry, mentioned on Twitter, referring to the previous Afghan President who stays an influential determine in Kabul. Chaudhry mentioned Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, spoke to Karzai late on Wednesday. He didn’t elaborate however advised Reuters, Taliban leaders wouldn’t be attending as Pakistan was holding separate talks with them. Karzai and a few prime Afghan political leaders are anticipated to fly to Qatar this weekend for talks with members of the Taliban who’ve an workplace within the capital, Doha. The Islamist militants dominated Afghanistan from 1996 till their ouster in 2001, weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults on the USA. They’ve since been preventing to expel overseas forces and topple the western-backed authorities in Kabul.