March 20, 2018

Rising tensions among Pak-Afghan forces along the Durand Line

By Khaama Press - Sun Feb 11 2018, 11:08 am

Reports emerging from the eastern Kunar province indicate growing tensions among the Afghan and Pakistani forces along the Durand Line amid persistent cross-border shelling by the Pakistani military.

The provincial governor Wahidullah Kalimzai says thousands of artillery shells have been fired on various parts of Kunar province during the past several months.

Kalimzai further added that the issue was repeatedly shared through diplomatic channels with the Pakistani government but there has been no change in the cross-border shelling.

He said the Afghan forces have started to retaliate the shelling and during the recent days have started to shell the areas from where the shelling take place.

This comes as talks are underway between the Afghan and Pakistani officials on diplomatic level to resolve the tensions and improve the bilateral relations which have been marred mainly due to the circumstances surrounding the fight against the terrorism.

The Afghan officials believe that the ongoing violence in the country has links with the leadership councils of the Taliban and Haqqani network based in Pakistan, a claim which has repeatedly been rejected by Islamabad.

In the meantime, the ministry foreign affairs of Afghanistan said Saturday that no progress was made in the second round of talks between Islamabad and Kabul regarding the fight against terrorism, reduction in violence and peace and reconciliation.

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