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Pakistan determined for effective border management with Afghanistan: Asif

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Defence Khawaja Asif on Thursday said that Pakistan is determined for effective border management with Afghanistan for the sake of peace and security in the region.

In a policy statement in the Senate today on recent tensions in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, he said the government has been in talks with the Afghan government over one year to ensure better management of the border in order to stop infiltration of militants from both sides. He said this is in the best interest of both the countries.

Referring to the clashes at Torkham border, the minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment for brotherly relations with Afghanistan. He said Pakistan have no animosity with Afghanistan adding that the interests of both the countries are interconnected.

Asif further said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are engaged in talks to defuse tension on Torkham border.

Foreign Office

Earlier, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in his weekly briefing in Islamabad said Pakistan’s border management efforts are part of counter-terrorism actions.

He said the Durand Line has been a settled issue between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He said the United Nations and world countries recognize the Pak-Afghan border.

Spokesman said that Afghans are being misguided by those elements which do not want peace in Afghanistan.

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