Taliban Military Commander Says No More Fencing Allowed on Durand Line

A top Taliban military official said that the group will not allow fencing on the controversial Durand Line between the neighboring countries Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Taliban commander of the border forces for the eastern zone, Mawllawi Sanaullah Sangin, said that they would not allow the fencing anytime, and in any form.

“There will be no fencing anymore,” he said, adding that the Taliban group is building over 30 outposts to prevent the movement of the Pakistani military alongside the Durand Line.  

Commander Sangin also said that the Pakistan military has been launching attacks on Kunar province for a long time and the Afghan side would take similar actions from now on.

“You have seen some days ago that the Pakistani military fired some mortars. In response, we fired 32 mortar rounds,” he claimed. 

Three days ago, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the government of Pakistan would continue fencing the border with Afghanistan.

Qureshi furthered that Pakistan is engaging with the Taliban to diplomatically resolve some confusions over the fencing exercise.

Recently, the Pakistani soldiers were stopped from installing a security fence in the eastern province of Nangarhar, the first such incident since the Taliban came to power in mid-August 2021.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, said that the Islamic Emirate “believes in addressing problems through understanding, talks and good neighborliness.”


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