Pakistani forces move back from Angoor Ada bases
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan officials on Tuesday said Pakistan troops had moved back from their new installations in the Angoor Ada area, which straddles both sides of the boundary between the two countries.
Recently, some residents of southeastern Paktika province claimed that Pakistani forces had occupied farmland and forests near the Durand Line in Barmal and Shkin districts and had been asking local residents to get Pakistani ID cards if they wanted to return to their areas.
A source close to the Afghan government confirmed that Pakistani forces had constructed a gate in Angoor Ada area inside Barmal district. “We have been talking to Pakistani officials over the past five months to remove the gate and shift checkpoints to the previous locations.”
The standard operating procedure (SOP), prepared for resolving border issues, has not been signed by the two sides, the source said.
He said the reason behind the delay in signing the procedure was that they wanted to have political consensus on the matter to avoid a controversy like the intelligence agreement between the two countries.
After signing of the SOP, border issues and other similar issues would be resolved, the source said.
“The Durand Line issue is separate one, but the SOP will only include cooperation along the Durand Line. Pakistani officials say they will hand over their buildings they recently constructed to the Afghan side and will shift their checkpoints to the old locations,” the source added.
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