Pakistan has asserted that Durand Line, the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, issue with Kabul would be resolved on diplomatic ground.
Addressing a press conference at the Foreign Office Islamabad today, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the fencing dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan would be resolved diplomatically, blaming “certain miscreants” for blowing such incidents out of proportion.
He made these remarks while responding to a question regarding a video circulating on social media purportedly showing Taliban fighters uprooting a portion of the Pak-Afghan fence along their side of the border.
He said that we learned that such incidents occurred in the past few days and we have taken up the issue with the Afghan government at the diplomatic level.
The foreign minister acknowledged that there were “some complications” pertaining to the fencing of the Pak-Afghan border, adding that the matter was being discussed with the Afghan Taliban government.
In a separate video that circulated last month on social media, Taliban soldiers were seen seizing spools of barbed wire. Afghan defence ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi had said Taliban forces stopped the Pakistani military from erecting what he called an “illegal” border fence.
Pakistan has fenced most of the 2,600km border despite protestations from Kabul, which has contested the British-era boundary demarcation that splits families and tribes on either side.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan proactively and consistently advanced its diplomatic objectives on a range of diplomatic fronts, both bilaterally and multilaterally during the last year.