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Paktia residents protest against fences on Durand Line

Paktia residents protest against fences on Durand Line

Apr 05, 2017 - 18:08

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people in southeastern Paktia province on Wednesday protested against the fencing of the Durand Line by Pakistan.

Few days earlier, Pakistan started installing fences on the Durand Line under the pretext of preventing terrorists from entering the country from Afghanistan.

However, the protestors in Gardez, the capital of Paktia, said the fence was an attempt to get the line recognized.

The protestors criticized the Afghan government’s silence and asked the president and other officials to take the issue seriously.

Jamaluddin Asafkhel, one of the protestors and head of Paktia Culture Society, told Pajhwok Afghan News if the government could not take action, it should let the people defend their land.

He said the Durand Line was an informal line and only the Afghan nation could decide about it, not a few individuals or government.

“It is an imposed line, it never gained a legal status, we are against any kind of barriers along the line and we ask the government to break its silence and take needed action,” he said.

Khalil Wafadar, another protestor and tribal elder, also said the Afghans were against Pakistan’s installations on the Durand Line.

“We will continue our protest movement if the government does not respond to Pakistan’s rocket shelling and border fencing,” he said.

The protestors also read a resolution letter that said: “The Durand Line does not have legal and lawful status.”

Paktia residents in the past had too protested against Pakistan’s shelling into eastern parts of Afghanistan and had asked the government to defend the territory.

However, there has been no serious reaction from the Afghan government about Pakistan’s recent actions.