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Pashtun revolt of 1897 against Durand line demarcation. Potent Memories From a Divided India. Kabul not to accept Durand Line as border: Karzai. New border checkpost sparks Pak-Afghan tension. Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - Islamabad—The construction of a border checkpost has sparked a new feud between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, with the latter already having accused the other of cross-border shelling and trying to undermine prospects of peace with the Afghan Taliban.

New border checkpost sparks Pak-Afghan tension

In a meeting with Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq on Monday, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin expressed his concerns over what it called “Pakistani military’s unilateral construction and physical reinforcement activities along the Durand Line.” According to the Afghan deputy foreign minister, the construction of the Pakistani military checkpost close to the Goshta district of Nangarhar province is “against all accepted international norms, provocative and unacceptable to the Afghan government.”

Pakistan, however, brushed aside Ludin’s concerns, calling the construction work routine renovation on an old post. Border Clashes and the History of Durand Line - The Daily Afghanistan ExpressThe Daily Afghanistan Express. Once again, Afghanistan-Pakistan border skirmish exacerbated, straining relations between the two countries.

Border Clashes and the History of Durand Line - The Daily Afghanistan ExpressThe Daily Afghanistan Express

The Durand Line jinx. The clash on Monday at a border checkpost between Pakistan and Afghanistan took place at the site of a previous incident, but in the background was the perennial dispute between the two countries over their border, as well as the incidents of firing which the two countries accuse each other of.

The Durand Line jinx

Despite Pakistan's reiteration time and again, that it holds Afganistan to be a brotherly country, despite the fact that one of the largest migrant populations in the world is Afghans hosted on Pakistani soil. The Karzai regime being the one calling the shots, it must have at last permitted, if not actually instigated, the clash and false accusations against Pakistan. Durand line is a settled issue with Afghanistan: FO. Neighbourhood watch : Karzai’s remarks fuel Pak-Afghan tensions. Afghan govern­ment accuse­d the Pakist­ani milita­ry of settin­g up check posts on the Afghan side of the border.

Neighbourhood watch : Karzai’s remarks fuel Pak-Afghan tensions

Afghan government accused the Pakistani military of setting up check posts on the Afghan side of the border. Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent verbal onslaught has sparked anti-Pakistan sentiments in Afghanistan. People took to the streets in Kabul and other major cities and burned the Pakistani flag over the Afghan government’s claim that Pakistani forces have constructed four check posts in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Kunar provinces in the east.

The allegation has been rejected by the Pakistani military and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On Thursday, Afghanistan’s state television quoted President Karzai advising the Pakistani government and military to “reform themselves.” Karzai: Afghanistan Never Recognised the Durand Line. US accepts Durand Line as formal Pak-Afghan border: Burns. By Sayed Jawad - Sun May 12 2013, 10:00 pm The United States of America on Sunday once again emphasized on the legal status of Durand Line as the border line between Afghanistan and Pakistan despite Afghan president Hamid Karzai insisted that the government of Afghanistan will never accept the legal status of Durand Line.

US accepts Durand Line as formal Pak-Afghan border: Burns

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on Sunday told reports in capital Kabul that Washington’s stance on this issue remains unchanged, and is similar to Marc Grossman’s remarks on the legal status of Durand Line. Former US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, March Grossman earlier insisted that Washington recognize Durand Line as the formal boder between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was later confirmed by US ambassador to Afghanistan during his visit to southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

US Position Hasn't Changed On Durand Line. SAMI MAHDI / MARC GROSSMAN - DURAND LINE. Durand Line Not Discussed in London: Faizi – The Daily Afghanistan Express. KABUL – The issue of the Durand Line had not be discussed between President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari when they met in London last week, a presidential spokesman said on Sunday.

Durand Line Not Discussed in London: Faizi – The Daily Afghanistan Express

In London, Karzai held a series of meetings with Zardari at the trilateral talks hosted by the UK premier David Cameron. The two presidents agreed on various issues, including jointly working to reach a peace deal with the Taliban over the next six months. To a question, Karzai’s chief spokesman Aimal Faizi told reporters in Kabul on Sunday that the Durand Line, the 2,640 kilometers long porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, did not come under discussion at the UK summit. Durand Line. Pakistan opposes prolonged US presence in Afghanistan. Offici­als say US will not be allowe­d to use supply routes after 2014.

Pakistan opposes prolonged US presence in Afghanistan

Drivers chat atop a fuel tanker truck, used to transport fuel to Nato forces in Afghanistan, parked along a road in Karachi on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan has agreed to reopen Nato supply routes, but has turned down United States’ request to extend the facility beyond the 2014 deadline earlier set for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan. Senior diplomats and defence officials told The Express Tribune that Americans would like to continue using the land routes and want to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan. Retracing Nato routes: Politics of access in the Pak-Afghan region. The curren­t securi­ty predic­ament faced by the Af-Pak region has much to do with its histor­y.

Retracing Nato routes: Politics of access in the Pak-Afghan region

The current security predicament faced by the Af-Pak region has much to do with its history. PHOTO: AFP/FILE. North Waziristan. North Waziristan (Urdu: شمالی وزیرستان‎ Shomali Waziristan) is the northern part of Waziristan, a mountainous region of northeast Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering 11,585 square kilometres (4,473 sq mi).

North Waziristan

Waziristan comprises the area west and south-west of Peshawar between the Kurram River (Tochi River) to the north and the Gomal River to the south, forming part of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Miranshah is capital of North Waziristan. Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lies immediately to the east. Blood Line: Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Unspoken Border Dispute. No evidence yet that Kabul attacks were planned on Pakistan soil: US CJCS Dempsey. Panett­a, Dempse­y both hold Haqqan­i networ­k respon­sible for attack­s, but conced­e it is spread on both sides of border.

No evidence yet that Kabul attacks were planned on Pakistan soil: US CJCS Dempsey

Dempsey declined to comment on whether the attack was planned in Pakistan until the US had received evidence. PHOTO: AFP/FILE. Columns / G Parthasarathy : The Pak gameplan in Afghanistan. A Pashtun-dominated, internationally-ostracised regime in Afghanistan, suits Pakistan, because it would be unable to resurrect Pashtun nationalism. April 11, 2012: Following the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan's military strategists and ISI justified their efforts to install a radical Islamic Government in Kabul, saying it would provide “strategic depth” against India — Pakistan's armed forces would have additional territory available to them in the event of an Indian attack.

However, the reality turned out to be different once the ISI, with the acquiescence of the Clinton Administration, installed its protégé, “Ghilzai” Pashtun leader, Mullah Omar, in Kandahar, with a so-called Taliban “President”, Mullah Rabbani, in Kabul. ‘Neutrality can ensure peace in Afghanistan’ The Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI) organised the third discussion under a new series called Islamabad Debate 2012 on April 19, 2012. The proposition of the debate was ‘Given the history of external competition for influence in Afghanistan, the only way to bring about a sustainable Afghan peace settlement is a regional/international agreement on guaranteeing its neutrality’.

The two speakers of the debate included Ambassador (r) Aziz Ahmed Khan who spoke in favour of the proposition, and Dr Simbal Khan, Director Afghanistan and Central Asia at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI). Welcoming the distinguished speakers, Director General of Institute of Strategic Studies Ambassador (r) Ashraf Jehangir Qazi highlighted the importance of proposition and said that Afghanistan was a country that had been in perpetual turmoil, its people had grown up in warfare and therefore it aspires for peace and stability.

Pakistan after the American withdrawal. After withdr­awal, a Taliba­nised Afghan­istan will surviv­e only if Pakist­an, fulfil­s its promis­e of becomi­ng a khilaf­at. The writer is Director South Asian Media School, Lahore Most observers are worried about Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US-Nato forces from there in 2013-2014. It should be interesting to see what would happen to Pakistan once the Americans are gone. PM should be cautious. Who is the real enemy in Afghanistan? So who is the real enemy? Coalition forces and NATO? The taliban? Al Qaeda? Columns / G Parthasarathy : Zardari's promise belies his limitations. Despite the Army's domination, the Pakistan President has shown deft political skills. Pakistan President Asif Zardari…popular in India April 27, 2012: Just before he commenced his Yatra to India to combine diplomacy in Delhi with pilgrimage and prayer in Ajmer, President Asif Zardari had a long meeting in Lahore with the person who determines his country's foreign and security policies — General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

The worthy General, who never tires of telling his American friends about his “India-centric” view of the world, is no slouch when it comes to political intrigue and manoeuvring, to keep the elected Government on its toes. He has repeatedly sought to clip the wings of a President the army establishment loves to hate. The polio battle. Ambiguous, embittering and unstoppable: U.S. drones in Pakistan. Kandahar intrigues and the Afghanistan conflict. US in denial: Watershed in Afghanistan. Crises collide in Afghanistan. The US and The Afghan Train Wreck by Conn Hallinan. The recent decision by the Taliban and one of its allies to withdraw from peace talks with Washington underlines the train wreck the U.S. is headed for in Afghanistan. Indeed, for an administration touted as sophisticated and intelligent, virtually every decision the White House has made vis-à-vis Afghanistan has been a disaster.

On Mar. 15 the Taliban ended preliminary talks with Washington, because, according to a spokesman for the insurgent organization, the Americans were being “shaky, erratic and vague.” Afghanistan: Is Karzai Peace Plan a No-Go? - National Afghanistan Policy. West must relearn lesson of Durand Line. If there is a ghost haunting Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, it is likely that of Najibullah, the last Soviet-backed president of Afghanistan. Running scared of Pashtuns. When boots fail to deliver, Parliament must step in. War is too important a matter to be left to the military. Not just that. Even a ceasefire or a withdrawal should also not be left to generals. From Chitral to Nuristan: Woman treks across border to find son.

Taliba­n fighte­rs say they will free him only after paymen­t of ransom. Taliban fighters say they will free him only after payment of ransom. PHOTO: AFP/FILE From Chitral to Nuristan in Afghanistan is a tough journey, especially in the harsh winters of December. But Shireen Bibi, 60, travelled all the way, walking on foot in places where the forest was thick, to find her missing son. Afghan endgame has Pakistan shuddering. TAPI gas pipeline project challenges and barriers - KHAAMA PRESS. By Sadaf Shinwari - Sun Apr 08 2012, 1:55 pm Official sources in the Afghan government said Pakistan has presented a number of conditions to Kabul and Washington in order to implement Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline project. The Durand Line- Where Empires Collide « The Durandline. Afghanistan Chronicles, Part 6: Near Ground Zero and in Af-Pak Region, Two Labyrinths. Taliban are Pak Army proxies, not Pashtun nationalists – By Farhat Taj. Inside Khyber Agency – IV: The porous Durand Line is a smuggler’s paradise – Pakistan News, Today Breaking News Updates – Pakistan News Today.

Our anti-Punjab mayhem — II —Aamir Riaz. Do you think Afghanistan hasn’t changed since 1842? The corrosion from within. US used 2005 quake to send JSOC spies into Pakistan. A bend in the road - Talat Farooq. Afghanistan: Too close for comfort. International : Pakistan, Afghan, ISAF coordination resumes. Michael Brenner: At Sea in Afghanistan. The Frontier Post. China Power. Report: The Other Guy's Endgame - Part II by Wajahat S Khan.

The December 2011 Bonn Conference: a farewell to Afghanistan? Afghan “exit strategy” begins to unravel. Policy towards Afghanistan: Support dialogue, not dictation, politicians tell Pakistan. Durand line « Tom Stevenson. Death on the Durand Line. Shadowy Wars in Secret Pakistan:Blog on Broad Gauge by Rajiv Jayaram. PUSHTU MOVEMENTS OVER DURAND LINE « CHUCKMAN'S WORDS ON WORDPRESS: COMMENTS FROM THE WORLD'S PRESS. Pakistan: A Geographical Battlefield. Solution to Kashmir Issue and Durand Line key to Peace in South Asia: HRH Faisal. Dawat Independent Media Center (DIMC) - In reaction to a report concerning the “Durand Line Recognition”


Various matters: endless war, military detention, the Fed. On the NATO/US Military Strike on Pakistan. Afghanistan Jirga Backs US Deal. Calvin Gibbs, Soldier, Found Guilty In Gruesome Afghanistan War Crimes Case. The Fine Line between Culture and Law in Afghanistan - by Javid Ahmad. Af-Pak designed to implode Pakistan. Pakistan: Reversing the Lens. Paper: Contradictory Crossings of an Uneven Divide: The Durand Line's Differential Impact on Kabul-Peshawar and Qandahar-Quetta Relations (126th Annual Meeting (January 5-8, 2012)) The Great Day of Annihilation. Durand line serves as a line of hate: Karzai. Mao's Rockets and the Eastern Afghan Border War, Part II. Questionable status as international border by G. Parthasarathy. Pakistan and America: To the bitter end. 10 Years After The Taliban. Michael Hughes: When the Lion Roared: How Abdul Haq Almost Saved Afghanistan. It’s a fantasy to think we are winning the war in Afghanistan.

A law for crossing the Durand Line? One soldier, 15 militants killed in cross-border attack. Afghan insurgents are just mercenaries. Opinion / Op-Ed : Tightrope act on the Durand Line. Listen to the choir. Drones: A New Chapter In Modern Warfare - Analysis.


PAKISTAN: Reluctant to return. Columns / G Parthasarathy : Durand Line, and Pak's ‘imperial' ambitions. Afghanistan appeals for aid as drought looms. Lives Altered by 10 Years of War in Afghanistan. Farahnaz condemns target killing of Hazara people in Quetta. Police arrest 100 suspects in Quetta.