A delegation from Pakistan comprised of religious scholars and tribal elders is visiting Afghanistan this week, local officials in the Chaman area in Pakistan confirmed to TOLOnews.
The visit is expected to discuss recent tensions raised between the Islamic Emirate and Pakistani forces along the Durand Line, according to some members of the delegation.
“We are going to Afghanistan. Those in Afghanistan are our brothers. The same are the governor and other leaders. We talk to them because the (Spin Boldak-Chaman) crossing is closed often due to clashes,” said Sardar Barat, a member of the delegation.
“Those who are wounded or martyred on this side or another side, we are talking about this matter with them (the Islamic Emirate),” said Haji Abdul Shakur, a member of the delegation.
Earlier, Pakistan media reported that the delegation would consist of four members, but some members of the delegation told TOLOnews that the team includes 20 people.
Within the last two weeks, the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan forces have engaged in fighting twice in the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing.
Analysts said that religious scholars can play a critical role in resolving tensions between the two sides.
“The situation was complicated. The officials of the two sides should held talks. Therefore, it was agreed to send a delegation comprised of religious scholars and tribal elders. The goal is to normalize the situation on the two sides,” said Tahir Khan, a Pakistani journalist.
“A permanent solution should be found for the problem so that the people of Afghanistan would not witness border problems with Pakistan in the future,” said Ajmal Sayis, a political analyst.
Officials from Kabul and Islamabad have not commented on the visit of the delegation so far.
Earlier, Pakistan sent a delegation comprised of religious scholars to mediate negotiations between the Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and improve relations between the two countries.
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