Pakistan hands over border crossing facility to Afghans
KABUL/SHARANA (Pajhwok): Pakistani forces on Saturday handed over military installations they had built at the Angoor Ada border crossing to an Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) delegation, the Afghan ambassador in Islamabad said.
Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal wrote on his Facebook wall that he raised the issue of the military installation in the Angoor Ada village, which straddles both sides of the boundary between the two countries, with Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif few days ago.
The President Ashraf Ghani’s special representative for Pakistan said Islamabad should take some practical steps required to deepen relations and improve trust between the two countries.
He said after his meeting with Gen. Raheel, first the Torkham border crossing was reopened with his orders, after remaining closed for three days in a row.
Zakhilwal said Pakistan had promised the military installations in the Angoor Ada area would be handed over to the Afghan government within a week.
He said the handover would see the Pakistani forces returning to their previous centres. “I am happy that the Pakistan Army fulfilling their promise is handing over all the facilities at the border crossing to a visiting Afghan Defence Ministry delegation right now.”
Zakhilwal said the Afghan national flag would be raised at the installations this afternoon.
The Pakistan army said the border-crossing facility was handed over to Afghan authorities with the aim to strengthen brotherly relations with Afghanistan besides strategic intent to improve border management,
According to Dawn.com, the military’s media wing spokesman, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa, tweeted “this gesture will act as a catalyst and is envisioned to bring momentum for establishing peace and stability along Pak-Afghan border”.
The Barmal district chief in southeastern Paktika province, Hayatullah Safi, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the arrival of a MoD delegation in the district. He said a Pakistan military delegation that visited the district handed over the military installations to the Afghan delegation.
Earlier, residents of the Barmal district and other border areas had claimed the Pakistani forces had entered up to 20km inside Afghanistan and had built military installation including a gate.
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