Web Desk (24 News) — Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries.
According to report, Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for a spate of attacks at home in recent months, urging Kabul to eradicate “sanctuaries” for militants.
Initial fencing will focus on “high threat zones” of Bajaur and Mohmand agencies
Citing the attacks, Islamabad earlier this month temporarily shut the main crossing points along the Durand Line border.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa said initial fencing will focus on “high threat zones” of Bajaur and Mohmand agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which border eastern Afghan provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar.
“Additional technical surveillance means are also being deployed along the border besides regular air surveillance,” the military said in a statement over the weekend, citing Bajwa.
There was no immediate comment from Afghan authorities.
Relations between Kabul and Islamabad have been tense in recent years, with both countries accusing each other of not doing enough to tackle Pakistani and Afghan Taliban militants.
Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to Afghan Taliban commanders on its soil and even of supporting the militant group, something Islamabad denies.
Bajwa said Pakistan was working on plans to “evolve a bilateral security mechanism” with Afghanistan.