Pak-Afghan bor­der man­age­ment is a must

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

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.

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