Pakistan says it will fence 92 percent of the 2,611 kilometers of the country's border region with Afghanistan by the end of 2018. The hope, the unilateral effort could effectively deal with both countries' complaints about militant attacks. Most of the borders of the two countries are not maintained.
The military-led development effort began earlier this year. It has now been constructed a fence of about 150 kilometers on the border that is identified as "very vulnerable" to a terrorist infiltration.
A pair of 2.7 meter high wire fences, 1.8 meters high, and above is equipped with barbed wire, stretching along the rugged terrain and snow-capped mountains over 3,657 meters high. Officials estimate the fencing project will cost around 550 million dollars
"Our target is to finish by the end of 2018," Major General Asif Ghafoor told VOA. He explained that the fence would be built along 2,400 kilometers from all borders with Afghanistan because the rest could not be fenced off.
Additional checkpoints and small fortresses are also being built and equipped with high-tech surveillance systems to enable troops to monitor and detect at any time. [ka]