Fencing of the Durand Line remained a contentious issue between the two sides
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani officials conveyed Islamabad’s concern to the highest level to the interim Afghan Taliban government as the soldiers again disrupted the fence constructed on the Durand Line.
Reports in local media said the Afghan Taliban leadership was conveyed a strong message that Pakistan was observing maximum restraint to evade any escalation in wake of recent developments at the international land border.
In the latest viral clips, Taliban soldiers can be seen thrashing the fencing erected by Pakistan security forces near southern Afghanistan using a cargo truck.
په هغې ویډیو کې طالبانو پورې اړوند کسانو له خوا خپره شوې لیدل کیږي، چې د اسلامي امارت ځواکونه د نیمروز ولایت اړوند ډيورند کرښه باندې د پاکستان له لوري غځول شوی اغزن سیم را ټولوي، لګول شوې پایې پایې نړوي او وایي چې د افغانستان په خاوره کې پاکستان ته ددې کار اجازه نه ورکوي. pic.twitter.com/yVAL0mLtp7— KABUL NEWS (@kabulnewstv) January 2, 2022
In light of recent developments, Pakistan is also expected to issue a formal statement on the issue in the coming days as there have been repeated incidents where Taliban soldiers tried to remove the fence.
Around 90 percent of the Pak-Afghan border is now stands fenced as the fencing is part of the border mechanism to regulate the movement of people but also to thwart terrorism-related activities.
The issue has taken a new turn-Taliban/ Imarat spokesperson has formally opposed the fencing of Durand Line, same position as that of Islamic Republic, Pres Ghani Govt - Pakistan official response still awaited https://t.co/NVZZJbb41W— Ijaz Khan (@ijazkhan) January 2, 2022
Some reports also claimed that it’s the local Taliban commanders who were provoking border forces on their own.
Earlier, Taliban's spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said Afghans opposed the fence erected by Pakistan along the Durand Line. He said Afghan authorities will announce their position on this issue. We want to create a secure and peaceful environment on the border so there is no need to create barriers, he opined.
Meanwhile, the recent escalation started on December 18 when clips on social media showed Taliban soldiers seizing spools of barbed wire and one senior official warning Pakistani border forces not to fence the border again.
The recent developments surfaced a week after the Afghan Taliban have launched an investigation after their soldiers apparently disrupted the Pakistani military's work of fencing the border. Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said they were investigating the incident.
Afghan defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi confirmed to international media that Taliban soldiers stopped the Pakistani military from building the security fence along with the eastern province of Nangarhar on Sunday.
The recent developments under the interim Taliban government have recalled the events as the contentious issue provoked border clashes in the past causing casualties.
Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.
On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.
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