Ghani chairs meeting amid persistent tense situation along the Durand Line

GhaniARG/KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday chaired a high level meeting in ARG Palace amid persistent tense situation along the Durand Line.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the meeting was also attended by the special representative of the UN secretary general to Afghanistan.

The statement further added that President Ghani that relentless shelling along the Durand Line has sparked a human crisis in the area>

President Ghani further added that the government of Afghanistan has serious steps to be taken in this regard and urged the United Nations immediate and serious attention regarding the issue.

The meeting also focused on the issues of the residents of the areas affected by the relentless shelling and said immediate humanitarian aid and support are needed.

The meeting concluded with the recommendations to jointly form a team consisting of representatives of the United Nations and the Afghan government to further discuss the issue.

The eastern provinces of Afghanistan lying along the Durand Line, specifically the eastern Kunar, Nuristan, and Nangarhar provinces regularly come under artillery shelling which started more than three years ago.

The shelling has also claimed the lives of scores of people besides incurring damage to the properties of the residents and forcing thousands of others to flee. -KP

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