Geneva (Switzerland): Pashtuns from Pakistan and Afghanistan have asked the international community to manage the Durand Line, which divides the two countries, claiming that it is being used by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists to unleash global terror.

Pashtuns raised the concern at an event held on the sidelines of the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Issues with respect to human rights and crimes against humanity were also tabled in the session.

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Fazal ur Rehman Afridi, an activist of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), said, "Durand Line is a bloodline for us. It has separated one nation into two. And, it's the main cause of terrorism because Pakistan is a sanctuary for terrorists and they are sending through this Durand Line the terrorists not only into Afghanistan but India also and the whole world."

"Everybody knows where was Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. And even now, Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesperson of the Taliban is residing in the cantonment of the Pakistan Army. So, this line is creating a problem for the Pashtun people, and Pakistan is exploiting this region and exploiting the Pashtun, who are the victims of Pakistani oppression and tyranny," he added.

Premi Singh, an Afghan Sikh based in the UK, said, "The Durand Line, which is a border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, has always been in a turbulent situation. This area is crucial not only for India or just Afghanistan but for the international world because this is where basically lots of terrorists take advantage and cross from one side to another side of the border and get away with it."

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Laying stress on better management of Durand Line, he said, "This borderline must need to be monitored by the international community, and much more efforts need to be provided for the Afghan government to secure this area for everyone."

Members of Pashtun and the Afghan Sikh community living in Europe and the UK have gathered in Geneva to raise their voice for Pashtuns, who have been extrajudicially killed and abducted by Pakistan Army in the past few years.

Afridi said, "Our basic demands are the removal of landmines, to live with justice and dignity, to execute and court Rao Anwar who had killed about 440 people and demand from the United Nations to constitute a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Pakistani Army in FATA."