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Will not allow Durand Line’s fencing: Gen. Raziq

Will not allow Durand Line’s fencing: Gen. Raziq

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Oct 13, 2018 - 16:39

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The police chief for southern Kandahar province on Saturday said they would not allow Pakistaninfo-icon to install fence along the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

Gen. Abdul Raziq told Pajhwok Afghan News that Pakistan started fencing the Durand Line in the south region of the country fortnight ago, but Afghan border forces prevented their move.

“Two weeks back, Pakistani forces started installation of fence on the border between Spin Boldak and Shorabak districts of Kandahar but border forces removed the fence and prevented them from doing so,” Raziq added.

However, in response, Talibaninfo-icon militants directed by Pakistani mentors attacked Afghan border forces in Spin Boldak, Maruf, Arghistan and Shorabak districts, he alleged.

The police chief said the Taliban wanted to keep the Afghan border forces engaged and let the Pakistani forces safely install the fence.

“If the Taliban really defend their territory, then they should not disturb Afghan forces and not attack their posts before possible clashes with Pakistani forces”, Raziq added. He said they would never allow the Durand Line to be fenced.

A year back, Afghan and Pakistani forces engaged in heavy clashes over fence installation in Luqman and Jahangir areas of Spin Boldak district and both the sides suffered casualties.

Luqman and Jahangir areas are located in the zero point area of the border and they belong to Spin Boldak district.

Pakistan forces last year conducted a population registration process in the two areas and claimed the areas belonged to Pakistan, but Afghan forces prevented them.

The Afghan forces’ interference last year led to a fierce clash that continued for several hours, with both sides sustaining heavy casualties.

After the clash, Afghanistaninfo-icon port with Pakistan was closed for 23 days that caused millions of afghanis losses to traders.

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