March 29, 2018

Joint mechanism to resolve issues relating to Durand Line: Pak army

By Khaama Press - Fri Jan 12 2018, 12:51 pm

The Pakistani military says documents pertaining to the management of the long porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been sent to the Afghan government in a bid to finalize a joint mechanism for the management of the line.

A spokesman for the Pakistani military Gen. Asif Ghafoor made the remarks during an interview with a private TV channel on Thursday.

He said several issues relating to the Durand Line will be resolve if a mechanism is finalized but he did not elaborate further in this regard.

Gen. Ghafoor further added that there would be significant improvement if the border management work is completed by next year, emphasizing that both countries have take some needed measures.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been insisting that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan has roots with the leadership councils and safe havens of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Pakistan but the officials in Islamabad are saying that no safe haven exist in the country for the terror groups.

However, the US officials also insist that the Taliban, Haqqani network, and other terror groups posing threats to Afghanistan and the US forces still have sanctuaries and freedom of action in Pakistan.

A senior US State Department official also said last week that “We believe that there is significant evidence that leadership of the Haqqani Network resides inside Pakistan and is able to plan and execute from Pakistan attacks inside Afghanistan. So the disagreement is much more about those facts than it is on our overarching goals in the strategy. And we need them to address these sanctuaries in order for us to be able to be enabled to succeed in Afghanistan.”

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