Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Row: Conflict Between Pakistan, Afghanistan Over Chicken-Wire Border Fence to Keep Out Terrorists
Pakistan plans to create a fence on a 2,500 km long stretch despite Kabul’s protests that the barrier would rather divide families and friends along the Pashtun tribal belt straddling the colonial-era Durand Line drawn up by the British in 1893.
The military in Pakistan has estimated that it will need about 56 billion rupees ($532 million) for the project, while there are also plans to build 750 border forts and employ high-tech surveillance systems to prevent terrorists crossing into their border.
In South Waziristan, the Angoor Adda village, part of Pakistan’s restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), three rolls of barbed wire are sandwiched in the six-foot gap between the chain-link fences.
“The fence is a paradigm change. It is an epoch shift in the border control management,” said a Pakistani army officer in command of South Waziristan while addressing the media on Wednesday. The officer further added that there will not be an inch of the international border (in South Waziristan) which will not remain under our observation.
So far, Pakistan’s military has fenced off about 43 km of the frontier, starting with the most violence-prone areas in FATA, and is expected to recruit tens of thousands of new troops to man the border.
It is still not clear how much time will it take to fence the entire boundary. But Pakistan’s plans have also drawn criticism from across the border.