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Pakistan’s movements along Durand Line detrimental for Kabul-Islamabad ties: MoFA

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Saturday said that Kabul-Islamabad relations will be worsened if the Pakistan’s continues its movements along the Durand Line.

Quoted by Radio Azadi, the MoFA spokesman, Shekib Mustaghni, pointed out to the Durand Line skirmishes between the Afghan security forces and Pakistani military in Angor Ada area in Barmal district in Paktika province, and said the situation will damage relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan if they will not prevented.

“If such issues were not prevented, it will damage the struggles of the two countries in cementing their ties,” he said.

The Border Forces on Wednesday entered clashes with Pakistani military in Angor Ada area. According to Afghan forces, the Pakistani side wanted to build military establishments on Afghanistan’s territory.

A day after the Durand Line aggression, Sayid Abrar Hussain Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul was summoned by the Foreign Ministry’s political deputy to explain the issue.

Mustaghni said they told the Pakistani ambassador that such issues will only be resolved through talks.

“To find a lasting solution for the problem, the Afghan and Pakistani governments should work on a mechanism that paves the way for talks, both at military and political levels,” he added.

Afghan officials on Thursday arrested an official of Pakistan’s consulate in Kandahar. No more details are available in this regard. However, reports say that the diplomat has been handed over to Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s ambassador in Islamabad has been summoned by Pakistan’s External Affairs Ministry to explain on detention of their diplomat in Kandahar.

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