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Afghanistan slams Pak's decision on border

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 12:26 IST
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The Afghan government has strongly protested Pakistan's plan to fence and mine parts of the border between the two countries.

Expressing hope that Pakistan would reconsider its decision, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sultan Ahmad Baheen said that "if it failed to do so, Kabul will call on the international community to pressurise Islamabad and to destroy terrorist centres inside Pakistan."

Pakistan on Tuesday said it would build a fence and plant land mines on parts of its 2,430 km frontier with Afghanistan.

On Islamabad's stand that an agreement with Afghanistan was not needed on the border issue since Pakistan was fencing and mining its own side of the borer, Baheen said, "it is only the loya jirga on the Afghan side and representatives of people on the Pakistani side of the Durrand Line who are entitled to take a crucial decision of this nature."

Pashtoon tribes and clans live on both sides of the border and were artificially divided by the Durrand Line in the British days.

Delineated in 1893 by the British by arm-twisting a weak Afghan ruler, the Durrand Line has never been sought to be fenced before.

Afghanistan's Loya Jirga is the grand assembly of the people.