Border management: Pakistan starts fencing Afghan border to curb infiltration

Published: June 20, 2017


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has started fencing its entire border with Afghanistan as part of efforts not only to regulate the movement of people but also to stop infiltration of terrorists between the long and porous frontier.

“Measures to improve security situation along the Pak-Afghan border continue. In line with the directions of COAS (chief of army staff), phased fencing of the entire Pak-Afghan border has commenced,” said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued on Tuesday.

In the first phase, high infiltration prone border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber agencies are being fenced, said the military’s media wing. Whereas in the second phase, fencing of the remaining border areas, including Balochistan, will be executed.

Besides fencing, Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are constructing new forts and border posts to improve surveillance and ‘defencibility’.
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“A secure Pak-Afghan border is in common interest of both the countries and a well-coordinated border security mechanism is essential for enduring peace and stability,” the ISPR stated.

A security official said that a 2,611km long border — 1,230km in K-P and 1,381 in Balochistan— with Afghanistan would be fenced. Of 1,230 in K-P, 237km high infiltration prone areas of Khyber Agency, Bajaur and Mohmand are being fenced in the first phase.

So far, 43 border post and forts have been constructed while another 63 border posts and forts are under construction, he added. As many as 338 border posts and forts are in the pipeline which will be completed by 2019.

The fencing is part of the new border mechanism Pakistan has started implementing last year to check the infiltration of terrorists.

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Apart from fencing, Pakistan no longer allows people without a valid passport and visa to enter the country through key crossing points.

But the move has been opposed by Afghanistan. The key border crossing at Torkham had to be shut down for four days in April last year after Afghan security forces fired at the Pakistani post to stop it from constructing the new gate.

Tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been simmering for many months. Both sides accused the other of turning a blind eye towards the militant groups operating along their shared border.

China is believed to have decided to mediate between the two countries to resolve their differences. For this purpose, the Chinese Foreign Minister is expected to travel to Kabul in coming days.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Khan
    Jun 20, 2017 - 6:33PM

    Excellent Step. Should have been taken 20 years ago.Recommend

  • Humza
    Jun 20, 2017 - 6:40PM

    Not only fencing but a proper wall needs to be constructed to stop the illegal movement of refugees and criminals into Pakistan from Afghanistan. The whole world knows India uses Afghanistan as a base to conduct harmful activities against Pakistan. The arrests of Indian and Afghan agents in Pakistan is proof of this nexus. Why can’t the US support building a wall since it always falls for the Afghan trick of blaming Pakistan for its own problems. If there is a wall and no movement across the border along with expulsion of all Afghan refugees, there will be no complaints about things going to and from the border. If US can build a wall to keep out illegal Mexicans, Pakistan should have a wall to keep out illegal Afghans.Recommend

  • Shah S
    Jun 20, 2017 - 11:05PM

    @Humza: Absolutely…..and NO MERCY to any Afghan crossing the border without a formal visa issued from Islamabad with that afghan’s local host documents in custody of Interior ministry before issuing visa to a shameless, ungrateful, untrustworthy afghan crook ; If they try to cross without docs, shoot to kill; Recommend

  • Haris
    Jun 21, 2017 - 8:29AM

    What ? Why is it already not fenced ?Recommend

  • Muhammad Imran
    Jun 30, 2017 - 11:00PM

    i appreciates all efforts made for safer Pakistan. it should be continued untill every inch of afghan border is fenced and secured.Recommend

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