US should condition Afghan aid with recognition of Durand Line: US lawmaker

US should condition Afghan aid with recognition of Durand Line: US lawmaker
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WASHINGTON: The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul has refused to recognise it, unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs.

This apparently is the first time a lawmaker, California Democrat Brad Sherman, has suggested conditioning US aid to Afghanistan to the recognition of Durand Line. 

Mr Sherman, who usually is harsh on Pakistan, put forth this suggestion at a House subcommittee hearing on “Maintaining US influence in South Asia,” on Thursday.

At the same hearing, a senior US official — Assis­tant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells — remin­ded Pakistan that India’s interests in Afghanistan were as “real and legitimate as Pakistan’s”.

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