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Unprovoked firing at Torkham border is not in line with spirit of cooperation between Pakistan & Afghanistan: FO

Afghan Charge d'Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey Pakistan's strong protest over unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces at Pakistani forces on Torkham border crossing. Two soldiers and nine civilians including women and children were injured in the incident.  The Afghan Charge d'Affaires was told that the firing incident was contrary to the spirit of friendly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Afghan side was urged to thoroughly investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistani authorities.  It was further emphasized that all steps should be taken for avoiding recurrence of such incidents in the future.  The firing was aimed at disrupting the construction of a gate well inside Pakistani territory at the border. The gate is being constructed to facilitate the cross-border movement of people and vehicles. It was conveyed to the Afghan side that the regulation of movements at Torkham is part of government's policy to strengthen border management. Therefore, Afghan government's cooperation was needed as it would enhance mutual security and help combat the threat of terrorism. 

Government taking adequate steps for the security of CPEC: Balighurehman

Minister for state for interior Muhammad Balighurehman has said 22 additional wings of civil armed forces will be raised to ensure security of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. In an interview, he said a total of 17280 personnel will be hired for this purpose. He said 3000 personnel have already been hired. He said funds have also been allocated for the procurement of arms and ammunition. The minister said that six more wings of civil amed forces will be formed for the special security division which has also been established for the security of CPEC.  Balighurrehman pointed out the civil armed forces are playing a pivotal role to meet border management challenges and security threats. He said the government will provide all possible resources to further enhance the capcity of these forces.

Dr. Muhammad Khan (Defense Analyst):

“Afghanistan is not ready to close this border because they have various motives and intentions. Former President Pervaiz Musharaf had ordered to seal the border but the then Afghan President Hamid Karzai requested Islamabad to postpone it. India supports terrorists who enter into Pakistan from Afghan territory through Torkham border. Pakistan has hosted over 2.5 million afghan refugees for the last 35 years and it is high time that they should be repatriated.”

Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (Senior Analyst): 

“I think there is a group that encourages Afghanistan to create tensions over the borders with Pakistan. The way Pakistan hosted Afghan refugees was a challenging task for our economy and resources. Afghanistan tries to provoke us but it is sort of childish act. An important question arises that why no action is being taken by Afghan government against Mullah Fazalullah who is the most wanted terrorist in Pakistan. The government of Pakistan should request UNHCR for the repatriation of Afghan refugees.” 

Dr. Ali Salman (Economist):  

“Trade routes are essential to enhance economic cooperation with regional and international countries. The completion of CPEC will not only benefit Pakistan and China, but also provide the safest trade route to the regional countries. Government is seriously working on CPEC related projects. This will help in improving tourism and industrial sectors and will increase the share of trade and cargo. Inter-country economic connectedness is possible only through the development of road infrastructure.”


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