Tuesday Map: The Durand Line

From the Library of Congress (click on the map above to zoom in): On November 12, 1893, Abdur Rahman Khan, and the Foreign Secretary of the Colonial Government of India, Sir Mortimer Durand, agreed to mark the boundary between Afghanistan and British India. The Durand Line cut through Pashtun tribal areas and villages. It was ...

By , a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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From the Library of Congress (click on the map above to zoom in):

On November 12, 1893, Abdur Rahman Khan, and the Foreign Secretary of the Colonial Government of India, Sir Mortimer Durand, agreed to mark the boundary between Afghanistan and British India. The Durand Line cut through Pashtun tribal areas and villages. It was a cause of dispute between the governments of Afghanistan and British India and later between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

My, how times have changed:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 26 — Faced with a barrage of criticism over incursions into Afghanistan by Pakistan-based Taliban militants and their sympathizers, the Pakistan government said today that it would seal the border with fencing and booby traps.

“The Pakistan Army has been tasked to work out modalities for selectively fencing and mining the Pakistan-Afghanistan border,” Riaz Mohammad Khan, the Pakistani foreign secretary, said at a news briefing in Islamabad, the capital. “These measures will supplement the measures which are already in force.”

To this day, Afghanistan doesn’t recognize the Durand Line.

Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.

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