Tensions Along Durand Line Intensify: Pakistan’s NSA to Visit Kabul

Pakistan’s National Security Adviser, Moeed Yusuf is scheduled to visit Kabul as tensions along Durand Line intensify.

The decision was made during a meeting of the Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Center chaired by Asad Qaisar, National Assembly Speaker of Pakistan on Thursday, the statement said.

“A senior delegation of Pakistani officials, headed by the National Security Advisor, is scheduled to visit Afghanistan soon for further engagement with the Afghan government on all assistance-related prospects,” Dawn.com reported.

Pakistani media quoted sources as saying that the visit would probably take place from January 17-18.

The date of the visit, however, is not specified in the statement.

Earlier, Pakistani officials said the country had offered Kabul a delegation from both sides to meet to find a solution to the problems posed by the Taliban removing fences along the Durand Line.

Videos posted on social media showed Taliban forces tearing down a part of the fence along the Durand Line.

Taliban forces believe the fence was built inside Afghanistan.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Taliban’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi, however, called on both sides to discuss the border issue.

Pakistan declared that the fencing of the Durand Line was 94 percent completed, and the rest would be done as planned.