Voice of the People
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Two days ago the Pakistan Army handed over a purpose built border-crossing facility to Afghan authorities at Angoor Adda, the border crossing between the two countries in South Waziristan near Wana. “This gesture will aid in the establishment of peace and stability along Pakistan and Afghan border”, an ISPR press release stated. But, the next day, we read in the news that Afghan authorities have closed the Angoor Adda border crossing in South Waziristan only hours after it was handed over to them and Afghan flag was hoisted on that Post. What more, our peace loving neighbouring country also claimed about 30km of Pakistani territory for themselves and demanded its return and control, we are told. Now it seems that something has gone terribly wrong. What was the army thinking when they were giving away control over a border post and Pakistani territory? The reason we are given is the promotion of peace between our two countries. But how credible is any peace announcement by Afghanistan when they even don’t recognize the border between our two countries? You can’t take the second step before the first one and you should not try to run before you know how to walk. It is honourable to seek peace but that has to be a credible wish on both sides. Before Pakistan can take Afghan intentions seriously Afghans should recognize Pakistan as it is. By ignoring this fact we have brought on our head a new conflict as if we didn’t have enough on our plate already. Today Ghani demands thirty kilometers of Pakistani territory, tomorrow he will say that all territory until Attock should be handed over. Who is responsible for this? — Karachi