Acting Defense Minister Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid said that the Islamic Emirate has not allowed Pakistan to continue fencing along the Durand Line.
Mr. Mujahid said that consultations are currently ongoing among high-ranking officials within the Islamic Emirate.
“We have proposed this issue to the Council of Ministers, as well as to the leadership. Consultations are underway on this issue, and we will act on any guidance given to us by the leadership. We have not allowed anyone to fence so far,” he said.
Meanwhile, residents who are living near the Durand Line areas say they do not consider fencing on the Durand Line acceptable and they call on the Islamic Emirate to take serious actions to prevent fencing the de facto border with Pakistan.
Muhibullah Gharwal is a resident of one of the most remote villages of Kunar near the Durand Line.
He says the fencing along the line is being done unilaterally and Pakistan should not be allowed to complete the fencing.
According to residents, Pakistan not only continues to fence along the line but also regularly attacks their villages with artillery, which has made life difficult for people living in border villages near the Durand Line.
“Occasionally Pakistani forces launch rocket attacks on these villages, which has caused many problems for the people of Kunar,” said Muhibullah Gharwal, resident of Marwah district of Kunar.
Some residents near the Durand Line believe that the recklessness of the previous government has led Pakistan to build a fence along the line.
“This is an illegal and non-diplomatic act, the Afghans have never accepted this line and will not accept it,” said Ahmad Khan Andar, a political analyst.
Earlier, Pakistan's interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that fencing along the Durand Line was more than 90 percent complete and he pledged it would be completed, but the Afghan acting defense minister in an interview with National Radio and Television of Afghanistan (RTA), said that so far Pakistan has not been allowed to complete the fencing.
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