Ongoing unrest in Afghanistan linked to Durand Line

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 03:32 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 151 times

The ongoing problems in Afghanistan are the result of the dispute between Afghanistan and Pakistan over the Durand Line, a senior researcher said on Monday.

 

Dr. Abdullah Hiwad, head of Navin Research and Studies Center (NRSC), told a press conference in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, that the Afghan government should find a permanent solution to the line dispute.

Hiwad said he had been studying the Durand Line for the past several years and documents he found showed the border had no legal support and recognition.

He studied a number of credible books written all over the world on the Durand Line but the books had no documents that recognize the lines as a border.

He said they were ready to share their research on the Durand Line with the government to foster its position on the issue.

NRSC officials said their research was yet to be completed as studies on the issue were ongoing.

The center presented its research to a large number of education and training faculty students of the Nangarhar University.

The students said such presentations were useful for students in quenching their thirst for knowledge. He said such programs should be continuously arranged in future.

Gulali, a student who attended the conference, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Afghans historically believed the Durand Line was imposed on them.

The NRSC said the government should collect documents and information about non-recognition of the Durand Line and share them with the United Nations.

It said a fundamental solution to the disputed border would help improve security in Afghanistan and prevent the Pashtuns on both sides of the border from division.

The Durand Line is a 2,640 kilometers border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the Afghan government and tribes on the line do not recognize it while Pakistan says it is a settled matter.