Pakistan slams Kabul’s refusal to accept Durand Line as official border

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has termed as “irresponsible and unwarranted” a statement issued by Afghan foreign affairs ministry over refusal to recognize Durand Line as an official border between the countries.

In a statement, Foreign Office said spokesman stated that Pakistan- Afghan border is an internationally recognised, official border between the two countries in accordance with all relevant international laws and conventions.

“Pakistan believes that 24/7 opening of the Torkham point along Pakistan-Afghanistan border is a significant step forward to facilitate the people and traders of both sides. Such statements only serve to undermine the resolve for peace and cooperation between the two countries and should be avoided,” he said.

The Afghan foreign ministry’s statement, issued on Friday in response to the opening of the 24-hour Torkham crossing by Pakistan earlier in the week, emphasised that Kabul “does not recognise the Durand Line as an official border between the two countries”.