Zakhilwalset to meet Aziz on de-escalating border tension
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy and Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hzrat Omar Zakhelwal will meeting Pakistan’s military and civilian leadership on recent border clashes in Torkham.
Pakistani forces tried to construct a gate at the border to check what they called terrorist movements, but Afghan border guards resisted their attempt, as the government in Kabul does not accept the Durand Line as an international boundary.
For the past three days, troops have exchanged intermittent firing, leaving several security personnel dead and wounded on both sides. A Pakistan Army major succumbed to the wounds on Tuesday in Peshawar he had suffered in the clash.
Zakhilwal, who flew to Kabul, met President Ghani and National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar. He telephoned Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor, and agreed to meet him on how to defuse the tension.
The ambassador returned late on Tuesday to Islamabad will hold meetings with Pakistan military and civilian leadersto resolve the issue. He said no country could dictate terms to Afghanistan, which would defend its sovereignty.
Zakhilwaldenied reports he had agreed with Pakistani officials on the construction of the border gate or other installationsin Torkham. He said two days before the clashes an Afghan delegation met Pakistani officials and rejected their demand to construct the gate.
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