Pakistan Troop’s border barricading halted by Taliban forces
Kabul: Pakistani troop’s border fencing activities have come to a standstill due to the disruption caused by Taliban soldiers, Afghan officials stated on Wednesday.
The 2600km border separating the two nations has mostly been secured by Pakistan security forces despite constant objections from Kabul contesting the British-era border demarcation that splits tribes and families on both sides.
Enayatullah Khwarazmi, the Afghan defense ministry spokesperson, issued a statement highlighting the fact that the Taliban forces have stopped the Pakistani military’s efforts to what are dubbed illegal border fencing actions along Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, on Sunday.
However, there has been no statement issued by Pakistan’s military regarding the event.
A video recently surfaced showing Taliban soldiers seizing the erected barbed wire along the border and demanding Pakistani soldiers stationed there not to try to fence the border again. However, the source of the video is not yet confirmed.
The spokesperson of the Taliban, Bilal Karimi told that the matter is still under investigation. The situation is tense as anonymous Taliban sources claim that both sides came face-to-face in what can turn into a serious situation.
There have also been unconfirmed reports of mortar-shells being fired from the Pakistani side into the Afghan Kunar province territory, on Wednesday. Although, it’s not yet confirmed weather both the incidents are in relation to each other.
Border fencing was one of the main issues behind the relationship with previous US-backed Afghan government and Islamabad. The current situation of the border of both countries indicates that the matter is a contentious one, despite the Taliban developing close relations with Islamabad.