Pakistan uncooperative to resolve border tension: Zakhilwal
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy and Ambassador Hzrat Omar Zakhelwal on Thursday accused Pakistan of violating the commitments made at Wednesday’s meeting on de-escalating tensionsat the Torkham border.
Afghan and Pakistani forces started fire exchanges on Sunday and intermittent clashes continued for at least three days, causing casualties on both sides.The clashes erupted after Afghan forces prevented the Pakistanis from constructing a gate at the border crossing.
On his Facebook page, the diplomat wrote his talks with Pakistan officials had gone well. Both sides agreed on a ceasefire, defusing tensions, pushing back military reinforcements and finding a negotiated solution to the cross-border fire exchanges.
Soon afterwards, the envoy returned again to his Facebook page and explained Afghanistan had never agreed on the resumption of the construction of the gate at Torkham after the ceasefire.He said he had conveyed his message to the Pakistani army chief regarding the resumption of work on gate early in the morning.
Pakistani officials had been told of their failure to stop work on the controversial gate and released wrong information to the media regarding yesterday’s meetings. Zakhelwal warned to share the details publicly about Pakistan's refusal to cooperate in resolving the issue through talks.
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