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Pakistan ready for joint patrols of Durand Line: Abbasi

Pakistan ready for joint patrols of Durand Line: Abbasi

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:00

KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says his country is ready for joint patrols and establishment of joint posts on the Durand Line with Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Abbasi said Pakistan was fencing its part and welcomed the Afghans to fence their side as well to ensure a halt to cross-border terrorism.

“We are open for joint patrolling, we are open for joint posts along the border with Afghanistan," the prime minister said, adding: "We will put up a fence there; the Afghans are welcome to put up another fence on their side.”

He denied Pakistan was harbouring militants, insisting it was “fighting agents of chaos”. “All criminal elements we are fighting are based in Afghanistan,” Abbasi claimed.

In a last month speech laying out a new strategy to win the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump called on Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries.

Abbasi said his government had yet to receive any specific demands from the Trump administration. Pakistan would act on any information shared by US authorities, he promised.