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Pak, Afghanistan to use satellite to end border dispute

Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to use Global Positioning System, under the US aegis, to sort out their border dispute along the tribal region dividing the two countries, media reports said on Wednesday. The decision to use GPS technology was reached at a technical committee meeting of senior military officers of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States that visited the three disputed sites along the Mohmand tribal region on Tuesday. The GPS technology is being used to work out the co-ordinates through satellites and match the findings with maps on the ground to see if there has been any intrusion as alleged,” the paper quoted a senior Pakistani official as saying. The tripartite technical committee had flown into Peshawar to discuss the border dispute that led to recent skirmishes between the two neighbouring countries in recent weeks, it said. Islamabad and Kabul have been on logger-heads over the territory dispute for a long time now with Afghanistan claiming that Pakistan has acquired some of its territory. Even this week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Pakistani troops had intruded about 600 metres into the Afghan territory.

Source: Press Trust of India