July 26, 2014

US accepts Durand Line as formal Pak-Afghan border: Burns

By Sayed Jawad - Sun May 12, 10:00 pm

US accept Durand Line legal statusThe United States of America on Sunday once again emphasized on the legal status of Durand Line as the border line between Afghanistan and Pakistan despite Afghan president Hamid Karzai insisted that the government of Afghanistan will never accept the legal status of Durand Line.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on Sunday told reports in capital Kabul that Washington’s stance on this issue remains unchanged, and is similar to Marc Grossman’s remarks on the legal status of Durand Line.

Former US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, March Grossman earlier insisted that Washington recognize Durand Line as the formal boder between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was later confirmed by US ambassador to Afghanistan during his visit to southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The remarks by US officials were widely criticized by the government of Afghanistan.

Durand Line was established after an agreement in 1893 between Mortimer Durand of British India and Afghan Amir Abdur Rahman Khan, however the issue of the Durand Line agreement remains unresolved after the formation of Pakistan.

The issue of Durand Line is considered to be one of the main controversial issues between Kabul and Islamabad.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai earlier announced that the government of Pakistan has been putting pressure on Afghanistan in a bid to force the Afghan government to recognize Durand Line as the formal border the between the two nations.

President Karzai also insisted that the government of Afghanistan will never accept the legal status of Durand Line, however deputy secretary of state William Burns called on Kabul and Islamabad to concentrate on improving their bilateral relations.

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  1. Pakistan is holding Pashtun (Afghan) lands. Kyhber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA as well as northern Balochistan belong to Afghanistan. Pakistan is land hungry. Even ask India.

  2. mark grossman and william Burns are two insane and crazy good  to paki about the AFGHAN LAND and PORT .ISI OF PAKISTAN did the 9/11 us found OSAMA in ISLAM ABAD why ISI and PAKI did not get punished and they [ISI] received billions instead .we Afghan we want our land and port if US wants to stay AFGHAN truted FRIEND US should make a honest decisions to do the right thing give the land and port of AFGHANSback to them paki killed 2300 AMERICAN SOLDIERS and injured  17800 of my brother and sister of my AMERICAN..THE WAR in AFGHANISTAN is the war of PAKI army against the USA not the AFGHAN .but AFGHANS are getting killed .show me one PUNJABI GOT KILLED .THOM BURNS IS AGAINST the FACTS and the truth .i am the defender of the AMERICAN soldiers and AFGHANS soldiers and AFGHANS civilians which they are getting killed by PAKI ISI AND ISI  AND ISI AND PAKI MILITARY.

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