Pakistani armed forces put efforts to extend fencing wall into Afghan soil
armed forces have been putting efforts to extend fencing wall into Afghan soil
as the construction of fencing wall goes on in Tirkha Oba area of Gomal
district of the eastern Paktika province, according to local sources.
Baburi, a councilman of Paktika province, told Kabul Now that Pakistan armed
forces failed to implement the plan as the local residents resisted the plan.
He noted that the area had chromite deposits and many Afghan jalghoza.
the local official, the central Afghan government did nothing to stop border violation
by the Pakistani forces.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Gran Hewad, however, said that Afghanistan Embassy in Pakistan had informed Pakistan’s foreign ministry about the issue but it has not received any response from Pakistani authorities yet.
Hewad, Afghanistan and Pakistan governments have created a coordination center
in order to prevent skirmish between Afghan and Pakistani forces along the
Durand line, adding that the Afghan government would follow up transgression of
Pakistani forces through the coordination center too.
official of the MFA, MP Fakuri Beheshti said that Pakistani forces had crossed
the Durand line for about eight kilometers into Afghanistan and wanted to build
fences. The MP said that the Taliban who were controlling the area did not
resist fencing plan by Pakistani forces.
military forces are fencing overnight but the people destroy it in daylight,”
him, Afghan defense ministry has trained and equipped 100 local residents to
defend the area and prevent fencing by Pakistani forces.
On the other
hand, Afghan 203 Thunder Military Corps said in a statement yesterday, October
05, that Afghan border forces, backed by local residents, had pushed back
Pakistani forces who wanted to build fences around 10 meters into Afghan soil.
“Pakistani military forces were pushed back and the fenced wall was destroyed,”
the statement further said.
military launched a massive construction program in mid-2017 in order to foster
its porous security border with Afghanistan. Furthermore, hundreds of security
outposts and forts have so far been built or under construction along the
minister for planning and development, Khusro Bakhtyar, was quoted by the VOA
as saying in a press conference on Tuesday night, November 05, that the fencing
program will be completed by the end of 2020.
Bakhtyar, Pakistan will start to fence its southwest border with Iran as well
once fencing the Durand line is completed.
will not have 100% control over Pakistan’s security situation as long as our
borders remain porous,” he stressed.
expressed opposition against Pakistan’s fencing plan at the very beginning and
asserted that it will not contribute to the fight against terrorism.
could not get details on the progress of Pakistan’s fencing plan despite
repeated calls to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
Afghan government does not recognize the 2400 kilometers Durand line as official border with Pakistan while Pakistani government and the international community recognize it as official demarcation between the two countries.
cross-border shelling have increased substantially in recent years. Three
Afghan women were killed and four other civilians were wounded in latest
cross-border missile attacks by Pakistani forces on Nari district of the
eastern Kunar province.
attacks came after a clash erupted between Afghan and Pakistani border forces
over what Afghan local officials said caused by illegal movements of Pakistani
forces on the Durand line.
have recently raised significantly between Kabul and Islamabad.
closed its consulate office in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, November 03,
for an indefinite time due to security reasons. Islamabad had previously
announced that its diplomats had been always harassed and threatened in
the closer of the consulate office, Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence
agency (ISI) summoned Afghan ambassador in Afghanistan. The Afghan foreign
ministry expressed concern and objection over the move by the ISI.