Pakistan, Afghanistan establish hotline link

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

Armies of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday established a hotline link, said the ISPR, amid border tensions between the two countries.
Southern Command Corps Commander Lieutenant General Amir Riaz and Afghan National Army’s 205 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Daud Shah Wafadar discussed issues related to border management.
The two sides looked forward to such interactions in the future as well.
Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent years. Islamabad and Kabul blame each other for terrorist attacks on either side of the border.
After a series of attacks in Pakistan that left more than 130 people dead in February, Islamabad shut down its border crossings with Afghanistan and began building a fence along the 2,500km border.
Analysts described the hotline contact between the militaries of Pakistan and Afghanistan as a positive step saying contacts between the two at top level are vital to sort out the border related issues. Pakistan has always stressed the need for meaningful engagement between the two countries in the areas of security, counter terrorism and border management to prevent cross border movement of terrorist groups. The analysts added that the political leadership of the two countries should also remain in regular touch in order to remove the current mistrust.
Pakistan on its part has tried to strengthen the border controls but the Afghan side is yet to take action in this regard.

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