Pakistan NSA to visit Kabul this month to ease tensions on border fencing
Pakistan's National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf will be visiting Kabul later this month to ease the escalating tensions between the neighbouring countries on the contentious issue of border fencing, a media report said on Friday.
''A senior delegation of Pakistani officials, headed by the NSA, is scheduled to visit Afghanistan soon for further engagement with the Afghan government on all assistance-related prospects,'' the report said, quoting the statement from the meeting.
The date for the NSA's visit is yet to be finalised.
However, sources indicated that the visit could probably take place on January 17-18, the report said.
"We (Taliban) will not allow the fencing anytime, in any form. Whatever they (Pakistan) did before, they did, but we will not allow it anymore. There will be no fencing anymore," Sangin had told Tolo News on Wednesday.
"Certain miscreants are raising the issue unnecessarily, but we are looking into it. We are in contact with the Afghan government. Hopefully, we would be able to resolve the issue diplomatically," Qureshi had said during a press conference in Islamabad on Monday.
Last month, a clash was reported along the south-eastern Nimroz province after Pakistani forces tried to extend barbed fences into the Afghan territory, with the Taliban promptly retaliating by tearing down the barbed wires.
Similarly, on December 22, both sides were at loggerheads again, this time along the eastern Nangarhar province, according to Afghanistan-based Khama Press news agency.
Pakistan has completed almost 90 per cent fencing work along the 2,670-km border despite protests from Kabul, who contested the century-old British-era boundary demarcation that splits families on either side.
Successive regimes in Afghanistan, including the US-backed governments in the past have disputed this demarcation, which has historically remained a contentious issue between the two neighbours.
The border, known internationally as the Durand Line, named after the British civil servant, Mortimer Durrand, who had fixed the limits of British India after consultation with the then Afghan government in 1893.
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