Pak de­ter­mined on bor­der­man­age­ment with Afghanistan:Fatemi

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Prime Min­is­ter on For­eign Af­fairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi on Fri­day said that Pak­istan was de­ter­mined to con­struct gates at all ma­jor exit and cross­ing points along the bor­der with Afghanistan to check il­le­gal cross-bor­der move­ment.

Ef­fec­tive bor­der man­age­ment with Afghanistan was also es­sen­tial to achieve the pos­i­tive re­sults of the two years of suc­cess­ful coun­tert­er­ror­ism cam­paign car­ried out in the form of the Op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb, Tariq Fatemi said while speak­ing in a PTV pro­gramme.

Terming the re­ac­tion of Afghanistan on this is­sue as “un­for­tu­nate”, he said, the mat­ter of bor­der man­age­ment was dis­cussed with Afghanistan at the high­est lev­els.

He said Pak­istan would con­struct gates with all re­quired fa­cil­i­ties on ma­jor seven en­try and cross­ing points along the bor­der with Afghanistan, adding, the con­struc­tion would be done well in side the Pak­istani ter­ri­tory.

Tariq Fatemi said no in­ter­na­tional law bars Pak­istan from such con­struc­tion as most of the coun­tries in the world in­clud­ing US and Canada de­spite en­joy­ing close and friendly re­la­tions have the bor­der con­trol sys­tems. To a ques­tion he said there was no need of any third- party in­ter­ven­tion as Pak­istan and Afghanistan be­ing the neigh­bours and close friends were in con­tact and could re­solve their is­sues bi­lat­er­ally.

In re­sponse to an­other ques­tion, Tariq Fatemi was con­fi­dent that Afghanistan will never al­low its soil to be used against Pak­istan. To a ques­tion, he said, Pak­istan was host­ing over 3 mil­lion Afghan refugees for the last over 35 years, adding, but now it has been de­cided that they will have to go to their home coun­try, adding, Pak­istan had urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to help cre­ate en­abling en­vi­ron­ment in Afghanistan.

Spe­cial As­sis­tant to PM on For­eign Af­fairs, in re­sponse to a ques­tion, said the May 21 drone strike, in which Afghan Tal­iban leader Mul­lah Man­soor was killed, had put a “big ques­tion mark” on Afghan peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process. To an­other ques­tion he said the Quadri­lat­eral Co­or­di­na­tion Group (QCG) com­pris­ing Pak­istan, Afghanistan, China and the United States was cre­ated to push and pro­mote peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process in Afghanistan.—APP

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