Pakistan and Afghanistan Agree to Continue Truce despite Differences

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to continue truce on pak&Afghan border but differences between two sides remain on border management. Both will establish a new mechanism for consultations and coordination in order to prevent future clashes on Torkham Border. Pakistan and Afghanistan will establish a new mechanism for consultations and coordination in order to prevent recurrence of border skirmishes, even though differences between the two countries on Islamabad’s new border controls still persist, reported by Daily Express Tribune.

The agreement was reached during talks between a visiting Afghan delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai, and a Pakistani side, headed by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, said officials familiar with the development.

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After the meeting Foreign Office official quoted by Reuters saying that Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry informed the Afghan delegation that Pakistan planned to build four gates at different points on the crossing, “There was no final agreement but we have informed them (Afghanistan) of our position,” the official said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. “These gates are important for the safety and security of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

On the occasion when meeting was going on in Islamabad between Afghanistan and Pakistani officials a protest against Afghan refuges staged in Peshawar demanding early return of all refuges to their homeland.

Citizens and members of various trade bodies of Peshawar staged a protest demonstration on Monday against unprovoked firing by Afghan forces at Torkham border last week that claimed life of Pakistan Army’s Major Jawad Changezi. The demonstrators raised slogans against the Afghan government in front of Peshawar Press Club.

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The protesters said that Pakistan has supported Afghans for decades and now their forces were resorting to firing on Pakistani people. They alleged that Afghan refugees were not only a burden on economy but also involved in various crimes including terrorism. They also demanded of the government to make immediate arrangements for refugees’ return to Afghanistan.

Their looks like the efforts to settle the Torkham border dispute are not succeeding despite high level contacts between the top leadership of both countries. On Thursday former Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his residence in London to inquire about his health following his open heart surgery. After the meeting both leaders expressed hope for current difficulties to be resolved immediately.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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