‘Pashtuns on both sides of Durand Line inseparable’
The elders, who called on the new governor for eastern Nangarhar province, Salim Khan Kunduzi, urged the Afghan government to revive privileges it had been offering tribal elders across the border in the past.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the governor’s spokesperson, told Pajhwok Afghan News the delegation from Khyber Agency met Governor Kunduzi at the governor’s house in Jalalabad.
Wajih-u-Rahman, the director of border and tribal affairs, and several other government officials were present at the meeting, he added.
Abdul Saboor, a representative of tribal elders from Khyber, said the people living on both sides of the border had blood relations, but they faced numerous problems and were being killed without justification.
He said the Pashtuns did not own the conflict in the tribal region, which had destroyed the culture and the way life of the tribal people on both sides of the border.
Abdul Saboor also said the Afghan government would assist tribesmen from the Pakistani side of the border, but the assistance had lately been suspended.
Kunduzi said the Pashtun tribes living on both sides of the border shared the same culture and had strong people-to-people contacts and could not be separated.
The governor assured the tribal elders that the guesthouse would be revived under the Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs and he would share their demands with the president.
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