Afghan travelers continue to be upset by Pakistan’s decision to close the Durand Line


Afghan travelers have complained of problems with the Spin Boldak and Chaman crossing points amid a dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan along the Durand line. Afghans’ complaints come after Pakistan remained stubborn in fencing off the Durand Line to secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

A resident of Ghazni, Bismillah, said he tried to enter Pakistan but was asked for a passport or a sickness visa to enter the country, the TOLO News report quoted.

People living near Durand Line, including Qila Abdullah and Chaman, are allowed to enter Pakistan using ID cards issued by Kandahar or Pakistan. However, other people from Afghanistan must have legal documents and have to wait several days. According to reports, people with Kandahar ID cards and legal documents are also sometimes not allowed to enter Pakistan.

Abdul Rahman Shah, another resident of Uruzgan, told TOLOnews that he tried to enter Pakistan three times, but they were not allowed to cross. He claimed that they were mistreated by them despite some women accompanying him.

“Yesterday I went to the checkpoint three times, they sent us away, there were also women with us, they mistreated us and also the women. They threw away our identity papers,” Abdul Rahman said. Shah, a resident of Uruzgan, told TOLO News.

Local Kandahar officials said they were working to resolve the issue with Pakistani officials through talks.

However, local officials added that no conclusions have been made so far. According to the ANI report, most of the problems that lead to cross-border threats in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region have been caused by state policies that have failed to establish an equitable existence for its ethnically divided population. living on both sides of the border.

About 40 clashes have been reported along the Durand line since May 1, most of which are due to border disputes. More than 40 people died on April 16 when rockets were launched from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) helicopters in Kunar, Khost, Paktika and other bordering provinces.

Pakistan seeks to close Durand line

Notably, the Durand line crosses the current Pakistani provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (NWFP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan and the region includes 10 provinces in Afghanistan. Pakistan has stood firm to close the Durand Line to secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The proposed fence will be along the Durand line with more than 400 outposts and an equal number of checkpoints, ANI quoted media as saying. Fence work along the Durand Line started in 2021 continued until the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15.

(Entry of the ANI)

Image: AP/PTI


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