Pakistan begins border fencing with Afghanistan

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan has started fencing off its 2600 kilometer long border with Afghanistan and areas vulnerable to cross-border militant attacks are being given priority.

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Saturday that the country has started fencing border with Afghanistan in a move to stop the cross-border movement of the militants.

Security officials have long been complaining that the Pakistani militants, who have escaped as a result of military operations, now operate from the Afghan soil of the border.

Pakistan and Afghanistan’s long common border is largely porous, and Pakistani officials say extremists and bombers could enter Pakistan due to weak border control.

During his visit to Pak-Afghan border areas in Mohmand and Orakzai tribal agencies, Bajwa told the troops that fencing has commenced in Bajaur and Mohmand agencies (east of Afghanistan’s Konar province) as they are high threat zones.

“Terrorists” assaulted Pakistani outposts from across the other side of Mohmand agency and killed five Pakistani soldiers this month.

Both Bajaur and Mohmand border Afghanistan and had once been under the influence of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

An army statement quoted him as saying that efforts are also underway to “evolve a border security mechanism” with Afghan authorities.

“A better managed, secure and peaceful border is in mutual interest of both brotherly countries who have given phenomenal sacrifices in war against terrorism,” the general said.

Without elaborating, the Pakistan army chief said that “technical surveillance means” are also being deployed in addition to regular air surveillance to enhance the border security.

Islamabad closed all border crossings with the landlocked country a month ago, saying terrorist attacks in Pakistan were being orchestrated by fugitive anti-state militants sheltering in Afghan border areas.

Pakistan reopened the crossings earlier this week to allow legal travelers and thousands of stranded Afghanistan-bound shipping containers to resume their journey.

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