Pakistan starts building fence along Afghan border

2017-03-26 16:22
A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard next to suspects arrested during a search operation in Shah Kass along the Afghan border. (Muhammad Sajjad, AP)

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard next to suspects arrested during a search operation in Shah Kass along the Afghan border. (Muhammad Sajjad, AP)

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Islamabad - Pakistan says it has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks on security posts in recent weeks.

Building a fence along the disputed border could further heighten tensions between the two countries, which have long accused each other of turning a blind eye to Islamic militants operating along the porous frontier.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the head of Pakistan's armed forces, announced the construction of fencing in "high threat zones" on Saturday during a visit to tribal regions along the border, saying it was in the interest of both countries.

The two countries share a 2 400km border known as the Durand Line, which was drawn during colonial times and is not recognised by the Afghan government.

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