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Senate to summon officials over Durand Line fence

Senate to summon officials over Durand Line fence

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Dec 12, 2017 - 17:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhowk): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate on Tuesday decided to summon government officials to brief the upper house about Pakistaninfo-icon’s fencing of the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

Pakistan has been reportedly installing a fence along the 2,600-km porous border.

Coming into being in 1893, the line divides Afghans into two parts. Afghanistaninfo-icon refused to accept the Durand Line in 1947 when Pakistan was created and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan became part of that country.

Speaking on the floor at today’s Meshrano Jirga member, Rahmatullah Achakzai, from southern Kandahar, claimed the Afghan government had agreed with Pakistan on installing the fence along the Durand Line.

“If the government has not agreed with Pakistan, then why it does not stop fencing, the government never thinks about national issues,” he said.

Senate’s second deputy chairman, Haseebullah Kalimzai, agreed with Achakzai’s views and said: “We ask the government to clear its stance on the issue.”

A number of other senators also expressed similar views and they demanded summoning of National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and president’s legal advisor, Nasrullah Stanikzai to provide information about the government’s response to the fencing of Durand Line.

First deputy chairman, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, said that fencing of the Durand Line was unacceptable for the Afghans and it had to be stopped.

He said the time for summoning of the officials concerned about the Durand Line would be cleared at Wednesday’s session of the house.

Earlier, Zahir Qadir, a Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member, had also claimed the Afghan government had agreed with Pakistan to install the fence on the Durand Line, but the Presidential Palace had rejected that claim.

President Ashraf Ghani had previously said he did not talk with Pakistan about the Durand Line and it was neither his authority.

He had said: “Those who think that they would be able to separate people by fence should rethink, even bombardment could not separate us so fence would never do so.”

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