Trench near Durand Line irks lawmakers
Kabul: The Meshrano Jirga condemned Pakistan on Sunday for digging a 480 kilometres long trench on the Durand Line, the porous international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, warning the issue would be taken to the UN and other international forums.
Media reports suggest Pakistan’s paramilitary troops are busy digging the huge trench on its southwestern border with Afghanistan to stop smugglers and terrorist from sneaking into Balochistan province.
The action hit a nerve in the Senate, with members slamming the move on the disputed border as illegitimate and aimed at dividing the Pashtuns living on both sides of the Durand Line.
Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said Pakistan’s action had once again proved its blatant interference in Afghanistan. “The move is unacceptable to us and the government shall express swift reaction to it,” he hoped.
The house summoned the ministers of interior and defense, as well as the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief, to share their findings with lawmakers.
Member of the upper house also expressed their anger over the construction. Nisar Ahmad Haris, a senator from Kabul, suggested the matter should be taken up with the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Countries, and other international forums.
Lailuma Ahmadi, a member parliament from Panjsher province, alleged Pakistan was not respecting the principle of good neighbourliness. Instead it was playing political games with Afghanistan, she concluded. (Pajhwok)