Disgruntled Afghan leadership writes yet another letter against Pakistan to UNSC

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Disgruntled Afghan leadership writes yet another letter against Pakistan to UNSC

KABUL - The Afghan government in a letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has raised the issue of “consistent violations of Afghanistan’s territory” by Pakistani forces and has called on the UN to initiate “necessary measures to address the matter at hand in an effective manner”.

This is Afghanistan’s second letter to the United Nations in a week. The first time was about a planned meeting between Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Taliban’s representatives in Islamabad, TOLO Mews has reported.

In the letter, the Afghan government said the meeting “undermines” the Afghan peace process and “violates Afghanistan’s national sovereignty”. Taliban called off the meet saying they are unable to travel due to UN and US travel restrictions on them.

“The nature of these violations mainly includes persistent shelling of Afghan territory, particularly in districts and villages of Kunar and Nangarhar provinces; violation of Afghan air space by Pakistani military aircrafts, as well as construction of military posts, barbwire fence and barriers inside Afghanistan’s territory, most recently in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar,” Nazifullah Salarzai, Deputy Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to United Nation, said in a letter to the UNSC on February 22.

Afghanistan said the cross-Durand Line violations date back to 2012 but have increased in frequency since 2017.