09 May 2017

News Story: Raziq Warns Pakistan Of Fallout If Border Issue Talks Fail

Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq (2015)
By Abdullah Achakzai

Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq has warned Pakistan of dire consequences if a diplomatic solution is not found to ease tensions along the border.

This comes just days after military forces from the two countries engaged in a fierce battle over the village of Luqman inside Afghan territory.

The Afghan security forces maintain the right to retaliate if efforts for a political solution fails, he said.

“A technical team from the ministry of defense is expected to arrive here to find out which of these villages belong to Afghanistan and which of them to Pakistan, it will also determine the fate of Luqman village,” said Raziq.

Raziq who has attended two rounds of talks with Pakistani military representatives has said that the outcome of his discussions with the Pakistanis would be shared with government once talks have concluded.

“If Pakistan takes action in defiance over the agreement, then we are forced to retaliate, but our expectation is that the issue is settled through diplomacy and talks,” added Raziq.

The Spin Boldak crossing has remained closed to traffic over the past three days since security forces from the two sides engaged in an armed battle in the area.

A technical delegation from the two sides has also agreed to finalize their assessments about the fate of Luqman village.

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