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Kabul describes step as insufficient

December 27, 2006

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KABUL, Dec 26: Afghanistan on Tuesday reacted angrily to the decision by Pakistan to mine and fence the border between the two nations and demanded that it fight “terrorists in a real manner”.

“Rather than beating about the bush, we must confront terrorists in a real manner,” Khaliq Ahmad, a presidential spokesman told AFP. “Fencing or mining the border is neither helpful nor practical,” he asserted.

“We’re against it. The border is not where the problem lies,” he claimed, without suggesting any alternative measures to stop alleged militant crossings.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan had earlier announced that Pakistan had tasked its army with working out ways of fencing parts of its border with Afghanistan. Mr Khan said the Pakistani decision was aimed at stopping militants from crossing the border.—AFP