Pakistan has completed fencing of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to prevent terrorists and illegal infiltration from Afghanistan. The irony is that initially, India had completed fencing of India-Pakistan border citing similar reasons. The fencing of the first 482 km long patch of the 1,403km long Pakistan-Afghanistan border has bee completed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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On Thursday a delegation of journalists visited the Pakistan-Afghanistan Torkham border in the K-P’s Khyber district where security authorities gave them a detailed briefing on border management.
India-Pakistan Border to Become Hi-Tech
Reducing dependence on physical border patrolling, India has started installing a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) along the international border. On a pilot basis, two smart fencing projects, each covering a 5.5 km stretch along the international border in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, have been undertaken. The high-tech surveillance system will create an invisible electronic barrier on land, water and even in the air and underground. The smart border fencing will help India’s Border Security Force (BSF) to detect and foil infiltration bids.
They said in 2017, the Pakistan Army in the first phase started working on 482km long patch along Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Work on this patch has now completed well before time bringing about a visible decline in terrorism and smuggling.
Authorities said equipped with water, solar electricity and protection mines, 233 forts have also been constructed on the 1,403 km long border. To link these forts, safe tracks are also being constructed.
From the Torkham border crossing, around 1,200 trucks and 10,000 people enter and exit Pakistan but now no one gets permission to enter Pakistan without proper documents.
Special cards have been given to 200 Afghan students who live in Afghanistan but study in Pakistan. Emergency patients also get permission to enter Pakistan without documents.
They said as a goodwill gesture, the Afghan check posts near the border are provided water by Pakistan. However, the decision to fence the border has not gone down well with the Afghan government.
According to authorities, annually two-three attempts are made to disrupt the fence building and to cross the border into Pakistan. Till now 1,900 Afghans have been arrested and deported.
Two days back, the security forces killed three terrorists and handed over their bodies to Afghan officials. Authorities said 539 km long route, a major part of which has already been fenced, was the easiest route to enter Pakistan.
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