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A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal agency on October 18, 2017.The Pakistan military vowed on October 18 a new border fence and hundreds of forts would help curb militancy, as it showcased efforts aimed at sealing the rugged border with Afghanistan long crossed at will by insurgents.   / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI — AFP or licensors

Pakistan fortifies border with Afghanistan to reduce cross border attacks

Fencing and surveillance technology would prevent attacks on both sides of the border, says Maj Gen Nauman Zakaria.
Updated Oct 19, 2017 09:50am

Pakistan Army said that newly installed fence and guard posts along the Pak-Afghan border will help prevent militant attacks,

Maj Gen Nauman Zakaria, the Pakistan commander for the South Waziristan region, told reporters during a visit to the border on Wednesday that the fencing and surveillance technology would prevent attacks on both sides of the border.

Pakistan began construction of the fencing earlier this year.

United States President Donald Trump has recently reiterated longstanding accusations that Pakistan turns a blind eye to militant groups that launch attacks in Afghanistan from within its territory, allegations always denied by Islamabad.

Afghanistan has levelled similar accusations but has also objected to the building of the border fence. The stepped-up fortifications have angered Kabul, which does not recognise the frontier as an international border.

Soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghanistan's border. —AFP
Soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghanistan's border. —AFP

Camouflage army snipers take position in a bunker near a newly fenced border at North Waziristan. —AFP
Camouflage army snipers take position in a bunker near a newly fenced border at North Waziristan. —AFP

Electronic surveillance equipment near a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border in NW. —AFP
Electronic surveillance equipment near a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border in NW. —AFP

An army helicopter patrol near a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghan's Paktika province. —AFP
An army helicopter patrol near a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghan's Paktika province. —AFP

Soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP
Soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP

A soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing in Angoor Adda, South Waziristan.—AFP
A soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing in Angoor Adda, South Waziristan.—AFP

A soldier keeps vigil beside a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP
A soldier keeps vigil beside a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP

Pakistani soldiers keep vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP
Pakistani soldiers keep vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP

A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing in Angoor Adda, SW.—AFP
A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing in Angoor Adda, SW.—AFP

Pakistani soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing in Angoor Adda, SW.—AFP
Pakistani soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing in Angoor Adda, SW.—AFP

A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP
A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing at Kitton Orchard Post in NW.—AFP

Pakistani soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing at Kitton Orchard Post.—AFP
Pakistani soldiers patrol next to a newly fenced border fencing at Kitton Orchard Post.—AFP