The Durand Line Agreement

Former Afghan President and influential leader Hamid Karzai recently announced that Pakistan, under his presidency, had demanded Afghan recognition of the Durand Line and a reduction in bilateral relations between Kabul and New Delhi. After Pakistan`s unilateral closure of transit and travel routes along the crossing in February, Karzai vehemently argued that “Pakistan has no legal power to dictate the terms of the Durand Line.” [4] Omar Zakhilwalal, Afghanistan`s current ambassador to Pakistan, also uncovered the cavity of the argument that closing the border must prevent terrorists from crossing the border because “these points, like Torkham and Spin Boldak, have been occupied by hundreds of military and other security forces. The continued inappropriate closure of legal Pak-Afghan trade and transit routes can have no other explanation than to have the objective of harming the afghan people simply. [5] He stressed “the need to change politics instead of building walls and fences” to eradicate terrorism. [6] Clearly, these public statements are a mixture of populism and a desperate reaffirmation of the illegitimacy of the Durand Line, mitigated by the need to emphasize Pakistan`s doublespeak in the fight against terrorism. A line of hatred that erected a wall between the two brothers. She therefore has a personal interest in mobilizing Afghans along religious rather than ethnic lines. The persistence of this mentality continues to complicate the task of finding lasting peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan`s efforts to consolidate their grip on their neighbor by the Taliban have been ambitious, but disastrous. If successful, it would have been one of the most significant strategic developments in the region in a generation. Instead, they left Afghanistan on the brink of failure and allowed a deep jihadist reintrusion in Pakistan.