It will serve to analyze the line of Durand, of 2,400 kilometers of length

Pakistan and Afghanistan are considering turning to Google Maps to resolve a border dispute that last week caused deadly clashes, officials said on Monday.

At least eight civilians were killed on both sides of the border in an exchange of gunfire that began on Friday when a team charged with censoring the Pakistani population in this area came, escorted by military guards, to disputed locations.

Kabul does not recognize the Durand line, its 2,400 km long border with Pakistan, drawn by the British in 1896.

According to an official of the Pakistani security services, who asked for anonymity, “responsible for the geological commission of the two countries will carry out a study in which they will also use Google Maps.”

Asked about this, the Afghan authorities were not so keen. A spokesman for the Afghan government denied that such a study had been agreed.

“The technical teams of both countries will use GPS , Google Maps and other means to” determine which part of the people involved is in which country, said Kandahar police chief, General Abdul Raziq.

Pakistan began its first census in March in almost 20 years, a titanic task for a country considered the sixth most populous in the world.

It is not known whether the Pakistani census team ventured across the border into Afghan territory, as Kabul says.

In 2016 Pakistan began to reinforce the border with trenches and barriers, which Kabul welcomed with hostility.

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