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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to conduct geological survey to determine correct territorial boundaries

09 May 2017

This comes as Pakistan's Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Nadeem Ahmed claimed today that Afghan forces targeted civilian population while Pakistan targeted their check-posts, leaving 50 Afghan troops dead and 100 others wounded.

Pakistan on Friday said Afghan troops opened fire on its census team along the disputed border in Chaman, killing and wounding several of them, Reuters reported.

Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly accuse each other of sheltering their enemy insurgents.

Abdul Razeq, the police chief of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, said: "After negotiations, both sides have agreed that a geological survey should be conducted".

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The statement also stated that the Afghan Director General Military Operations acknowledged that the border was in between villages and not at the ditch, which is well inside Pakistan, as was being perceived.

Ethnic Pashtuns living along the border have traditionally paid it little heed, with villages straddling the frontier that have mosques and houses with one door in Pakistan and another in Afghanistan.

The incident occurred in the backdrop of major military setbacks suffered by the Afghan forces at the hands of Taliban. On Saturday, Pakistani and Afghan authorities mooted over the control of the areas, Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir, affected during firing and shelling by the Afghan forces on Friday, which ended in a stalemate. Durani said the clash erupted when Pakistani "militias" tried to cross the border Friday morning.

He said effective border management between Pakistan and Afghanistan will curb terrorism in the region and restore peace in the region.

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Pakistani Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza asked the Afghan military to ensure its forces stay on their side and take every step to "defuse the situation" while the Pakistani military would "work within our own border".

However, hostilities reignited over the weekend over the centuries-old dispute between Islamabad and Kabul at the boundary, known as the Durand Line, which runs through villages on both sides.

Google complies with certain countries' requirements to show borders in line with national demands. It was the second time this year that the Chaman border crossing was sealed.

Tension has been increasing in recent months amid new exchanges of accusations of not doing enough to tackle militants engaging in cross-border raids. The latest round of clashes is a unsafe escalation in tensions between the two uneasy neighbors who share a 2,200 kilometer (1,375-mile) porous border.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to conduct geological survey to determine correct territorial boundaries