Wel­come cease­fire at Torkham

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

TTorkham HE re­ports about cease­fire be­tween Pak­istan and Afghanistan at

were in­stantly wel­comed by peo­ple of Pak­istan as no one wanted ten­sion to es­ca­late with the brotherly coun­try; but con­fu­sion re­mained about agree­ment on cease­fire fol­low­ing con­tro­ver­sial state­ment of Afghan am­bas­sador deny­ing agree­ing to cease­fire and re­sort­ing again by Afghan forces to fir­ing that re­sulted into in­juries to two sol­diers.

Ir­re­spec­tive of Afghan mo­ti­va­tion be­hind un­pro­voked fir­ing on Pak­istan side and at­tempts to pre­vent Pak­istan from con­struct­ing a gate on its side of the bor­der to reg­u­late cross bor­der move­ment, the fact re­mains that the two coun­tries are bound in his­toric re­la­tions and even blood re­la­tion­ship and they can­not af­ford strains in their ties. Apart from brotherly re­la­tion­ship they are also next-door neigh­bours and have no op­tion but to live in har­mony for the mu­tual good. We are sure that ma­jor­ity of Afghans also do not want any dis­rup­tion in ties and this was also ev­i­dent from the res­o­lu­tion adopted by Afghan Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day urg­ing res­o­lu­tion of the is­sue through peace­ful means. It is some­what in­trigu­ing as to how the Afghan gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers con­struc­tion of a gate at Torkham as a hos­tile act when the fa­cil­ity is well inside Pak­istani ter­ri­tory and the coun­try has ev­ery right to take steps to reg­u­late move­ments on the bor­der. But un­easi­ness of some el­e­ments in Kabul be­comes un­der­stand­able fol­low­ing dis­clo­sure of Pak­istan Army spokesman that agents of Afghan in­tel­li­gence agency NDS used to cross into Pak­istan from Torkham and so the bor­der man­age­ment does not fit well in their scheme of things. We be­lieve that there must not be es­ca­la­tion of ten­sion on PakAfghan bor­der but the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned should make no com­pro­mise on their plans to en­sure bor­der man­age­ment in view of known infiltration across the bor­der as noth­ing is more im­por­tant than se­cu­rity of Pak­istan.

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