In light of the deteriorating situation between the two countries and the constant blame game, Pakistan has finally taken a stand on illegal crossings through the Durand Line. It has maintained that under no circumstance will anyone be allowed to cross into Pakistan from Afghanistan unless they have the proper documentation and a valid visa. Tensions ran high along the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham when Islamabad moved to erect the gate as a first step to manage borders this year resulting in the death of security personnel on both sides in the cross-border skirmishes.

The decree comes in the wake of the vicious attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, where at least 16 people, including eight students, were killed and 53 were injured after militants stormed it on Wednesday evening sparking a 10-hour long gun battle on campus. Afghan security forces were quick to imply that the attack had been orchestrated from the other side of the Durand Line. While the Pak Army is fully cooperating with Afghanistan to investigate the claims, they must do their part by respecting the rules laid down to enforce border management as it is in the best interests of both countries.

As it is, Pakistan and Afghanistan still remain at loggerheads over the reopening of the Chaman border as talks to resolve the dispute have ended inconclusively and the border remained shut for the seventh day. Not only have NATO supplies been suspended for this time but also cross-border trade between Islamabad and Kabul, after Afghan protesters burnt the Pakistani flag. The two countries must resolve the border dispute as soon as possible so that a better working relationship may be forged to combat terrorism and also to allow the thousands of people who crossed the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham and Chaman border points daily, to resume their lives business as usual.