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Pak-Afghan border fencing continues in heavy snowfall

Pakistan army personnel continue Pak-Afghan border fencing under huge snowfall and extreme cold weather in North Waziristan.

Peshawar — Pakistan armed forces have been fencing the Pak Afghan border and continue in huge snowfall and extreme cold weather in North Waziristan.

Pak army is continuing fencing the border in the mountains of Shawal valley in North Waziristan. The mountains in Shawal valley, Razmak and other parts of the tribal districts are covered by the winter’s fresh snow.

Pak Army personnel has continued securing Pak-Afghan border in the snow-covered mountainous areas of the erstwhile Fata, with full dedication and enthusiasm.

According to a TNN story, military officials have said the fencing will be completed according to the set targets.

Pakistan has decided to go ahead with the fencing of the Pak-Afghan border to improve border management and stop the infiltration of miscreants from Afghan side.

Although the fencing will restrict the movement of tribes living on both sides of the border and who have deep cultural ties, however, the military officials are of the view that their movement will not be halted on the stipulated entry points.

Pak Afghan border (Photo: TNN)

The pair of nine-foot wire fences, with a six-foot gap, and topped with barbed wire, runs along rugged terrain and snow-capped mountains as high as 12,000 feet. According to official estimates, the fencing project will cost over $550 million.

Few days ago, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor had said that the fencing work on Pak-Afghan border will be completed by the end of 2019. In a message on the social media, the military spokesman had said that the fencing will effectively benefit peaceful people of the two countries while restricting terrorists.

The DG ISPR had said the total length of the fenced border will be 2,611 kilometres. He said the armed forces are aiming a speedy completion of the project.

The fencing hasn’t been supported by the Afghan government, but Pakistan insists it is vital for better border management. Pakistan finally decided to go ahead with the project after increasing terror attacks in Pakistan which were planned by militants based in Afghanistan.

Several cross border attacks also happened in Pakistan and Islamabad regularly complained to Kabul about the issue. The cross-border attacks have considerably reduced after initiation of the fencing project.

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