Durand Line Issue to Be Addressed Through Diplomatic Channels: Taliban

Taliban Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Abdul Qahar Balkhi on Tuesday said that recent incidents along the Durand Line between Afghanistan and Pakistan have “given rise to the need for authorities of the two sides to address the problem.”

Mr. Balkhi in a tweet message said the problem should be resolved through diplomatic channels.

“IEA believing in addressing problems through understanding, talks and good neighborliness, will address this issue through diplomatic channels,” he added.

Recently the Taliban forces in Nangarhar, Kunar and Nimroz provinces had destroyed the foundations of Pakistani barbed wire fences. The Taliban fighters also warned Pakistan to stop fencing along the border otherwise there would be retaliation.

On Monday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi acknowledged there were some complications pertaining to the fencing of the Pakistan, Afghanistan border but said that the matter was being discussed with the Islamic Emirate government.

“We are not silent. We have fenced the border with Afghanistan, and it will continue,” Qureshi said, favoring the issue should be handled through diplomatic channels.

“Afghanistan is our brotherly and friendly country. Some quarters want to unnecessarily raise this issue, which is not in Pakistan’s interest,” he added.

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