How much fencing remaining on Pak-Afghan border?

Interior Minister opens up about fencing process on Pak-Afghan border.

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Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday informed the Senate that fencing along 2680 kilometers Pak-Afghan has already been completed except 21 km which would be done soon.

Speaking in the Senate, the minister said that efforts were also being made to complete fencing of 200 km remaining Pak-Iran border.

Condemning the Lahore’s blast, he said investigation into the incident was underway added that no one would be allowed to spoil the peaceful environment in the country.

He said a terrorist incident was also occurred in Islamabad on January 18 in which a head constable Munawar embraced martyrdom while two terrorists of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed.

Regarding misbehave with JUI-F workers by police in Lahore, he assured the House that stern action would be taken against the involved personnel after investigation.

Afghanistan protests ‘illegal fencing’ on border 

Last year, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they had protested the move through diplomatic channels.

In a statement carried by Tolo News, the Afghan foreign ministry spokesperson said: “Any action which has been taken by Pakistan, the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has recorded its protest through the Afghan embassy in Islamabad to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul.”

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The report also quoted the deputy governor of Kunar as saying Pakistan was putting up fencing in a “shifty way” and claimed that residents living in remote areas of Kunar had also complained in phone calls to the media.

Reacting to the report, the FO spokesperson said that the Afghan side would be well-advised to engage on border matters through the relevant institutional mechanisms to “address any misconceptions”.

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“Regrettably, Pakistan’s suggestion for conducting joint topographic surveys had not been positively responded to by the Afghan side,” he said.

APP with additional input by GVS News Desk