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Durand Line tensions can put negative impacts on regional stability

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Durand Line tensions can put negative impacts on regional stability
 Local officials in Khost have informed of clashes between Afghan border forces and Pakistani militaries in the province. 
“Four soldiers have been killed from both sides after clashes erupted between Afghan border forces and Pakistani militaries in Khost’s Jaji Maidan district bordering Pakistan,” said Abdul Hanan, Khost provincial police chief.
He added that Pakistan military forces have used heavy arms and artilleries in attack on posts of Afghan border forces in the district and the Afghan border forces responded the attack.
Meanwhile, Pakistan army officials have said that the country’s border forces were on their mission in bordering areas in Kurma Agency when they were attacked by Afghan border forces. 
In a statement released by Pakistan army said: “Our military personnel were on their daily duty along border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to take necessary preparations for starting work on fences in the area.”
A number of representatives of the people in parliament say current tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan can put negative impacts on stability in the region.
“Afghanistan, bordering Pakistan, is facing with phenomenon of terrorism and the government is in the serious fight against terrorist groups in the region; therefore, Pakistan should take the issue serious and make honest effort towards maintaining peace and stability in the country,” said Shekiba Hashimi, a member of Afghanistan parliament.
Hashimi added that Pakistan has always made commitments for Afghanistan, but unfortunately the country has not exercised on its commitments as high-ranking civil and military officials in their visits to Kabul had always spoken of new commitments, but in return Afghans witnessed cross-border shelling and attacks on Afghan soil.
Saifora, another member of Afghanistan parliament, also said that the people of Afghanistan did not trust on commitments made by Pakistan and no meetings would give result except direct participation of Taliban in peace talks with the Afghan government and sharing their views for peace in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan citizens believe that national unity government should have clear stance in connection with tensions between the two countries and convince to honestly cooperate with Afghanistan in all sectors in particular peace process.
“Afghanistan has always asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorist groups as the only factor of ongoing tensions between the two countries is the issue of terrorism. If Pakistan wants to have influential role in Afghan-related issues, the country should take serious action against all terrorist groups that have safe haven and training centers in Pakistan,” said Malalai, a school teacher in Kabul.
Milad, a university student, says increasing terrorist groups’ activities in Afghanistan and the region have raised serious concerns and Pakistan, which is facing with increasing pressures and criticisms by the international community in particular US, is trying to further destabilize Afghanistan in the region.
Now, tensions between the two countries have increased in border areas. Mutual accusations, closing borders by Pakistan and the country’s continued cross-border shelling on Afghan soil are a range of signs that help increase ongoing tensions between two countries.