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Google Maps could help settle Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Dispute

(23 May 2017)

Officials from the geological surveys of Afghanistan and Pakistan plan to use Google Maps to help settle the deadly border dispute which has been raging since 1947, when Pakistan gained independence from Britain. Afghanistan has never recognised the 1,500 mile border Pakistan inherited through independence.

Official maps from Afghanistan show the ‘Durand Line’, drawn in the 1890s by the British as the border between Afghanistan and India, as the official border. However many Afghans hold that the true border lies at the River Indus that runs through Pakistan.

It has been agreed by both sides that a geological survey should be conducted using GPS and Google maps as well as other means, according to sources in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/google-maps-to-help-settle-afghanistan-pakistan-border-dispute

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-05-15/how-google-maps-could-help-settle-afghanistan-pakistan-border-dispute

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/pakistan-afghanistan-to-use-google-maps-to-settle-border-row-4650530/