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Afghan Leader Criticizes Pakistan For Plans To Mine Border


Hamid Karzai (file photo) (epa) December 28, 2006 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai today criticized Pakistan's decision to erect a fence and put land mines along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Karzai said the move would only separate families and would not prevent terrorists from crossing back and forth.

"Planting land mines or putting up barbed wire will not stop terrorism, but
it will bring about the separation of people, and Afghanistan is very much against it," Karzai said.

He also said Pakistani authorities would be better off removing training centers used by terrorists in Pakistan's tribal areas that border Afghanistan.

The United Nations has already criticized Pakistan's announced intention to put land mines along its border with Afghanistan.

The Pakistani government has not said when it would start constructing the fences and planting the mines along the border.

(Reuters, AP)
Afghanistan And Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad in October 2005 (epa)

ACROSS A DIFFICULT BORDER. The contested border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is some 2,500 kilometers long and runs through some of the most rugged, inhospitable territory on Earth. Controlling that border and preventing Taliban militants from using Pakistan as a staging ground for attacks in Afghanistan is an essential part of the U.S.-led international coalition's strategy for stabilizing Afghanistan. Officials in Kabul have been pointing their fingers at Pakistan for some time, accusing Islamabad or intelligence services of turning a blind eye to cross-border terrorism targeting the Afghan central government. Many observers remain convinced that much of the former Taliban regime's leadership -- along with leaders of Al-Qaeda -- are operating in the lawless Afghan-Pakistani border region.... (more)


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