Pakistan to deploy troops along Afghan border

Published: September 13, 2011
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The troops will be deployed to stop cross-border attacks by afghan-based militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The troops will be deployed to stop cross-border attacks by afghan-based militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has decided to deploy regular troops at the border with Afghanistan to stop cross-border attacks by afghan-based militants, Express 24/7 reported on Tuesday.

The troops will be deployed along the border with Dir and Chitral. The decision was confirmed by DG ISPR Major General Athar Abbas.

So far the number of troops to be deployed and the duration of deployment is not known.

The border where troops had been deployed has seen attacks from militants based in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

The border posts are currently manned by paramilitary troops.

As reported earlier, in late August, hundreds of Pakistani Taliban fighters mounted pre-dawn raids on paramilitary posts in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa after crossing over from their sanctuary in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said.

At least 28 security personnel were killed in the attack, according to District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rehmatullah Wazir.

Also, Taliban militants in Afghanistan have kidnapped more than 30 Pakistani boys who inadvertently strayed across the border. The group of boys, aged between 12 and 18, left the Gharkhi area of Bajaur tribal region during Eid holidays.

“The boys inadvertently crossed into Afghanistan on the second day of Eid and were kidnapped by militants,” senior local administration official Syed Nasim told AFP.

The boys are still in captivity of the militants.

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  • Ishtiaer Hussain
    Sep 13, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Pakistani Taliban, along with their Afghan brethrens, are now taking their revenge. They are now creating their “strategic depth” in Pakistan. Face the music now. Every action has a reaction in the opposite direction with equal force. It’s a classic example of how different groups of Taliban help each other to obtain their objectives. You played double-game with others (US, Afghanistan and others) and now History is playing double game with you. The “kids” that you created for others are now coming back to haunt you.

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  • IndianDude
    Sep 13, 2011 - 9:01PM

    The whole world should help pakistan build a tallest wall around its entire border (even if the world has to bear the entire cost of the wall. It will benefit world the most. The best investment the world can make for peace and prosperity of human kind!

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 13, 2011 - 9:57PM

    @ IndianDude :- build the tallest tower around all the artificial borders of ur own artificial country, u will need it in the future,

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  • kabir
    Sep 13, 2011 - 10:10PM

    I dont think its necessary but limited troop presence wouldnt be a bad idea. We must not confuse Pakistani taliban with Afghan taliban also. Pakistani taliban is supported by Northern Alliance. We might have to wait couple of years before we can take any action against Pakistani Taliban on the Afghan side. My heart goes out to all the regions bordering Afghanistan and patience is necessary in this time of turmoil.

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  • Mohan Ram
    Sep 13, 2011 - 10:11PM

    @IndianDude:

    Are you of sound mind.
    There are millions of Pakistanies out of work. Put them to build your fortress. and give them a decent wage instead of lining the pockets of the rich and famous in Pakistan. With work and money there will be no reason to be a taliban.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 13, 2011 - 11:01PM

    For ten years Pakistan has told NATO and Afghanistan that it could not stop the Taliban from retreating into Pakistan —- so what has changed?

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  • Blithe
    Sep 14, 2011 - 1:37AM

    @IndianDude:
    The problem is that india wants to build it
    in the shape of a cow.

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  • Nariyel_Phod
    Sep 14, 2011 - 2:28AM

    @Pakistani: As you said. Our borders are all artificial because we are actually the same. Two-Nation Theory was synthetic and was only meant for politics. It only served an enduring British interest in asia.That interest has since waned as the British nation has fallen from its regal grace. The legacy structures still stand without any inherent purpose just for the sake of standing. When you see this way my country is artificial as is yours. I am also game about the idea of building the tallest towers around the artificial borders to celebrate the spirit of artificiality even after a 60 year endeavour to give them some meaning. The endeavours as you have rightly understood all went in vain. So why not celebrate this artificiality in the same ferver and spirit as the Americans celebrate liberty with the Statue of Liberty, the UN celebrate birthday of Gandhiji as World Non-violence day and Germans celebrate freedom with the remnants of the Berlin Wall. I would not do justice if i do not acknowledge your foresight about our need for such towers and the historic lessons from them for our future generation. As-Salamu Alaykum.

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  • Nariyel_Phod
    Sep 14, 2011 - 2:38AM

    @IndianDude:
    I request you consider to keep some windows open so that they can see for themselves the difference between them and others with time and keep some doors open as well so that some of them may come out if they so wish after a change of heart. What do you say ?

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  • Sep 14, 2011 - 7:12AM

    @Pakistani:
    I have no desire to jump in the middle of an India and Pakistan cat fight but, you broke away from that artificial country. That means you’re just the artificial byproduct in that case.

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  • Rock
    Sep 14, 2011 - 7:15AM

    Today I think India did great job by fortifing border with almost all neighbours except Nepal and china. Our country has become much more safe in these days.

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  • islooboy
    Sep 14, 2011 - 10:21AM

    @IndianDude:
    putting a border on hindukush is impossible

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  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 14, 2011 - 12:09PM

    @MarkH:
    The artificial country which ‘Pakistani’ spoke is infact real and making steady progress in all fields but the byproduct separated through free-will is decaying due its own mis-management.

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  • khurrum
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:56AM

    India and Pakistan are both Part of Great Game 1800-2011 , Team one is US , Uk , Euro countries , Pakistan and India ( After Kargil ) Versus Team two Russia , China , Iran , Tajikistan , Uzbekistan , some other CIS countries . So what has changed and there should be useless Debate .

    This Great Game is being fought in Plains and Mountains of Neutral ground called Afghanistan .

    Pakistani and Indian Government are both corrupt and don’ have Independent Foreign and Internal Policies that serve its People or eradicate Poverty .

    We are Just Pawns in This game for US Oil Interests and Geo -Poltical Strategy by remote control and Dollars .

    Strategic Depth , is actually Part of Great Game when Pakistan plays its role as client State for Great Game in team A and Making Afghanistan a Rubble and Play ground of Destruction. It has done it well in 1979 and now after 9/11 very well both time and in future a Third time when it will use the Taliban Against the Northern Alliance .

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