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No evidence to prove Durand Line as border: Experts

No evidence to prove Durand Line as border: Experts

Nov 12, 2017 - 18:39

KABUL (Pajhwok): Experts say the Durand Line has no legal standing as there is no agreement in place to confirm the line as a recognized border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Loy Afghanistan Movement (LAM) on Sunday organized a gathering titled “Unrecognized Durand Line” in capital Kabul.

Abdul Jamil Weqar, head of LAM, said the Abasin River was the border of Afghanistan and people on both sides of the Durand Line were from the same ethnic group.

“If we look into history, we can find no evidence to prove the Durand Line is a border, but unfortunately Pakistan propagated in favor of the Britain and against the Afghans on this issue. Pakistan has now started fencing this line,” he said.

He said the seminar was launched to aware future generations of Afghanistan about the status of the Durand Line.

Sulaiman Layaq, an Afghan historian who attended the seminar, said: “There are no documents to prove the Durand Line is a border, King Abdur Rahman Khan also did not sign any documents to recognize this line as a border.”

“The Britain had strong influence in this region that time, the British created the Durand Line by force when Abdur Rahman Khan was the leader, no side the British India or the Afghan king had reached any agreement on this issue,” he said.

Layaq said no nation except the Afghans defeated the British forces twice – a reason the Durand Line was drawn to divide the nation.

 “I personally did not find any evidence during my entire life and research to prove that King Abdur Rhaman Khan signed such a document, it is just a claim that the former king signed an agreement,” he said.

Historian and researcher, Habibullah Rafi, also said that there were no documents available to prove the Afghan king had signed a treaty on the Durand Line.

“Many documents had been exchanged between King Abdur Rahman Khan and the British India on the Durand Line and King Abdur Rahman Khan criticized the contents of the documents and rejected their demands,” he said.

He said that British people violated all international norms and handed over the area to Pakistan. “No one has the right to decide such issues on behalf of Afghanistan.”