Joint committee formed to address tensions along Durand Line

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Afghan chargé d’affaires in Islamabad Sardar Ahmad Shakib said on Sunday that a joint committee has been formed to address issues between the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan along the Durand Line.

The committee will address all borer problems from now on, he said.

“Any tension that happens by any side needs to be solved through talks. The committee has been created by both sides to address issues,” Shakib added.

This comes as many clashes have happened along the Durand Line over the past two months. Many people in the Dand-e-Patan area in Paktia have left their homes due to fighting between the two sides.

“It will be better if the Taliban discusses the issue with Pakistan officials and solves the tensions. The interests of both sides should be addressed in this matter,” said Zalmay, a resident of Paktia.

The Afghan chargé d’affaires in Islamabad said that more than 2,500 Afghan refugees are currently in Pakistani police custody. Shakib said that they are in talks with the Pakistan Foreign Ministry to release the detained Afghans.

“It has been four months since Pakistan started arresting our countrymen. So far they have arrested at least 2,000 Afghan refugees, including women children, and elders,” Shakib said.

Analysts said that an increase in tensions between the two sides along the Durand Line will not benefit anyone.

“People have suffered financial losses and their lives have been at risk due to such tensions,” said Asadullah Nadim, a military affairs analyst.

“People are facing challenges and have left their homes,” said Mohammad Zalmay Afghanyar, a military affairs analyst.

The clashes between the Islamic Emirate forces and the Pakistan military in the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing happened twice last week, leaving many people dead and wounded.—Tolonews