If the Taliban don’t agree with the border, why help? Pakistani leader asked imran government questions

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts to get the Taliban recognized have started protesting in his own country.

Reflexes

  • The Taliban said their forces prevented Pakistani forces from “illegally” cordoning off the border near eastern Nangarhar province.
  • So far, Pakistan has not issued any formal statement on the issue of stopping the “illegal” cordon off at the border.
  • In the Senate, Raza Rabbani demanded that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi trust Parliament over the incident.

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts to get the Taliban recognized have started protesting in his own country. Former Senate Speaker and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Raza Rabbani on Friday questioned the Imran Khan-led government about its aid when the Afghan Taliban are not ready to recognize the border with Pakistan. Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Inayatullah Khawarzami said Wednesday that Taliban forces prevented Pakistani forces from “illegally” cordoning off the border near eastern Nangarhar province.

The Pakistani government has yet to issue a statement.

Let us tell you that so far, no one has issued a formal statement from the Pakistani government on the issue of stopping “illegal” cordon off at the border. The Afghan government, including the US-backed regime in the past, has contested the border and has historically been a contentious issue between the two neighbors. The border is known internationally as the Durand Line. It is named after the British bureaucrat Mortimer Durand, who in 1893, after consulting with the then Afghan government, demarcated the border of British India.

“In what terms is the government talking about a ceasefire?”
In the Senate, Rabbani demanded that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi trust Parliament about the incident. Rabbani said: “They (the Taliban) are not prepared to recognize the border, so why should we move forward?” Rabbani also warned against reports in local media that “the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is trying to regroup in Afghanistan for the purpose of promoting terrorism in Pakistan. Rabbani said: “Under what conditions is the government talking about a ceasefire with the banned organization?”

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