Kabul disputes Islamabad’s move to merge tribal belt with KP

May 26, 2018 – 21:14

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Saturday disputed Pakistan’s move to merge tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and termed it against international accords.

“We have often shared our concern with Pakistan, through international community and diplomatic channels regarding Pakistan’s military interferences in tribal areas along the Durand Line,” a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

Kabul considered Islamabad’s changing behavior with tribal people, taking unilateral steps in the region and unilateral political and military steps in tribal areas against the 1921 agreement between the British India and Afghanistan, the statement said.

It added Pakistan’s Parliament decided the merger of tribal areas with KP at a time when military ruled the tribal belt. “Every decision regarding the tribal people should be taken in line with the consensus of the people to ensure the representation of their aspirations and will.”

Scraping the colonial era law called Frontier Crime Regulation or FCR and grabbing the independence of tribal people without their consent and agreement of the government of Afghanistan would be an unsuccessful move.

Former president Hamid Karzai has also said Pakistan’s move to merge tribal areas with KP would have no effect on the status of Durand Line.

Pakistan’s lower house and Senate have already approved the merger of tribal areas with KP province.

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