Pakistan fences long border with Afghanistan to stop terrorists

Pakistan fences long border with Afghanistan to stop terrorists

Pakistan says it has started fencing off its long border with Afghanistan and areas vulnerable to cross-border militant attacks are being given priority.

Army chief general, Qamar Javed Bajwa revealed the project during a visit Saturday to tribal districts, including Mohmand, near the Afghan border where “terrorists” assaulted outposts from across the other side and killed five Pakistani soldiers this month.

Bajwa identified Mohmand and neighbouring Bajaur district as “high threat zones”, saying fencing them is the military’s high priority.

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.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a nearly 2,600 kilometre, largely porous, border and both blame each other for encouraging terrorist infiltration to support deadly attacks on their respective soils.

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.

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

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