Pak-Afghan border management is a must
GIVEN the serious complications caused by unregulated Pak-Af ghan border, the government has lately given serious and right consideration for installation of an effective and robust border management system on the porous border with the neighbouring country, and it is more satisfying that the US delegation during its talks with the Pakistani side on Saturday also supported Pakistan’s point of view on the matter.
In fact Pakistan has repeatedly been urging at every forum that a dependable border management is a key for peace and stability in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan. The reason is that an estimated thirty to forty thousand people daily cross the border freely without proper travel documents, and there are proven reports that terrorists are exploiting this situation to move freely between the two countries. It was in this backdrop that Pakistan had started implementing a proper apparatus on Torkham that also included construction of a gate to stop any illegal movement. However, the Afghan troops thwarted these efforts by spraying bullets on our forces. One fails to understand this Afghan reaction as a regulated border serves the interest of both the countries to check movement of militants. We, however, appreciate the US for recognising the significance of border management and hope that visiting US delegation will also impress upon the Afghan side to positively reciprocate to Islamabad’s efforts towards this end. In addition it is also imperative that the QCG process, which became dysfunctional due to recent killing of Mullah Mnsoor by US drone strike, should be revived immediately in order to give a fresh impetus to the stalled Afghan peace process. The Murree peace process had generated a ray of hope that it will help end bloody war in Afghanistan but this was also ruined by opponents of peace. We have repeatedly been saying in these columns that the people of Afghanistan deserve lasting peace after decades of sufferings. We hope that sanity and maturity will prevail in relevant quarters to work out a solution leading to permanent peace in Afghanistan.