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Constructions along Durand Line unacceptable: Liwal

Constructions along Durand Line unacceptable: Liwal

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Mar 14, 2017 - 20:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs (MoBTA) on Tuesday expressed concern over the rocket shelling from Pakistaninfo-icon into eastern provinces and said constructions along the Durand Lineinfo-icon were unacceptable to the Afghans.

MoBTA acting minister Abdul Ghafoor Liwal told a press conference here that residents on both sides of the Durand Line continued to suffer from the conflict.

“Unfortunately areas along the Durand Line are still targeted with heavy weapons, people across the border are also not safe from the same shelling,” he said.

Liwal expected construction of facilities laong the Durand Line and said any building if constructed against the desire of Afghans would not last longer. Such construction would remain if it was based on the demand of people and political will.

“Our neighboring country recently pursued a dangerous policy of creating fear among people to leave the Durand Line, but the Afghans are brave people and they would not leave their areas but instead stand against any illegal movement,” he added.

He said information they had obtained showed civilian casualties forced residents of border areas to leave homes, with some Pakistani families crossing into Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He said Afghans and Pashtuns were only harassed in border areas, but they were harassed in Punjab, Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan.

“The conflict would continue even if the Durand Line is recognized, because it is multidimensional. Afghanistan’s water and interference in our country maybe important than the Durand Line,” he said.

He added the government’s primary plans included addressing problems of people on the Durand Line and discussing them with tribal elders.

“The MoBTA has prepared a plan to bring about improvement in the lives of people living near the Durand Line and the plan will be shared soon with the government for approval,” he said.

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