1. News : Durand line
Source: The Hindu
- The Durand Line is an important international boundary line, running between the countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan
- The line cuts through the Pashtun homelands of the region. The line divides ethnic Pashtuns and Balochs, who live on both sides of the border.
- The length of the Durand Line is 2430 km.
- The modern state of Afghanistan does not accept the Durand Line.
- However, it is internationally recognised as the western border of Pakistan.
- It was fixed by British civil servant Sir Henry Mortimer Durand and the then Afghan Emir, Abdur Rahman Khan in 1893.
- India also has a small claim to the borderline, through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (about 105 km of the easternmost section of the boundary line).