Pakistan, Iran Considering to Fence Border

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PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — The Director General of military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday said Pakistan and Iran were considering to fence the common border in order to avoid any sabotage activity by terrorists, reports APP.

During an informal talk with media persons after addressing a press conference on situation in the aftermath of Pulwama attack Major General Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan and Iran were enjoying excellent brotherly and friendly relations.

Answering a question, Gen. Ghafoor said that peace prevailed at the border between both the brotherly countries and to ensure endurance in future, “We both are considering fencing the border so that no third party (terrorist) could sabotage the brotherly and friendly relations through any nefarious act.”

The total length of Pakistan-Iran border is approx. 565 miles. Pakistan is also fencing its 1500 mile border with Afghanistan in order to stop terrorists and extremists infiltration. Part of this $550m fencing would run westward, where Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran borders meet.

Pakistan has also rejected allegations by senior Iranian officials that it is harboring the armed group, Jaish al-Adl, which claimed responsibility for last week’s attack that killed 27 members of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the southern province of Sistan-Balochistan.

Both the governments are said to be in touch with each other at the national level in Tehran as well as on the local level in the border area.

“There is a great deal of cooperation between the two sides,” said Javid Hussain, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Tehran, now the president of Lahore Council for World Affairs, even as he acknowledged some “loopholes” along the Pakistan-Iran border.

“Both governments need to maintain friendly relations, and on the whole, we continue to maintain that relationship,” said Hussain.

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