ISLAMABAD (Dec 15, 2018) — Work on building forts and fence continues on Pak-Afghan Border—even at nighttime (see video below).
Total length of the double fence is 2611 KM. Work on 233 of 843 forts and 802 of 1200 KM priority 1 areas are completed.
The military is aiming speedy completion in the priority 1 areas, with overall completion by Dec 2019.
The fencing will benefit peaceful people of Pakistan and Afghanistan while restricting terrorists, opium and other items smugglers and money launderers.
The $550 million border fencing is a massive unilateral undertaking–the military-led construction effort went into action last year. The pair of nine-foot wire fences, with a six-foot gap, and topped with barbed wire, runs along rugged terrain and snow-capped mountains as high as 12,000 feet.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan, China and Afghanistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over anti-terrorism cooperation between the three countries in Kabul.
The MoU was signed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and their Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani.
Earlier this week, the Corp Commanders Conference at the GHQ highlighted importance of regional approach to eliminate roots of terrorism and attached hopes for success of ongoing Afghan reconciliation process while supporting all stakeholders to bring Afghan war to a peaceful logical conclusion.