Phased fencing of Pak-Afghan border begins

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Army announced on Tuesday the commencement of fencing on the Pak-Afghan border.

“In line with the directions of COAS, phased fencing of entire Pak-Afghan border has commenced,” the military’e media wing said.

“In phase 1, high infiltration prone border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber Agencies are being fenced,” it said. “In phase 2 fencing of remaining border areas including Balochistan will be executed.”

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Besides fencing, the statement added, Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are constructing new forts. “Border posts [are being built] to improve surveillance and defence.”

“A secure Pak-Afghan border is in common interest of both countries and a well coordinated border security mechanism is essential for enduring peace and stability.”

Pakistan insists fencing and other measures are aimed at checking cross-border movement of militants, blamed for violence in both the countries.

At least 10 people including an FC personnel and women, children were killed and 47 others injured when Afghan forces targeted troops guarding a census team in Chaman last month.

The attack caused the border to be closed again indefinitely while a curfew was imposed in Torkham bazaar as a preemptive measure.

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