by WorldTribune Staff, March 15, 2018
Pakistan’s border barrier along its 2,600-mile border with Afghanistan has been successful in stopping terrorists from slipping back and forth across the border, Pakistani officials say.
Military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said the barrier has “phenomenally reduced unchecked border crossings.”
The Trump administration has pressed Pakistan to stop jihadists based in Afghanistan from seeking safe haven in Pakistan. Last year, the U.S. sent an additional 4,000 forces to Afghanistan and in January of this year, the U.S. said it was cutting security assistance to Pakistan.
The barrier includes two layers of 12-feet-tall barbed-wire fencing, surveillance cameras, solar lights, an intrusion detection system, and hundreds of manned forts and thousands of observation posts, according to a report by Breitbart News, which toured Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) last week.
The barrier, expected to cost Pakistan more than $500 million, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.
Maj. Gen. Nadeem Anjum, inspector general of the Frontier Corps in Balochistan, said there have been attempts in Balochistan to breach the fencing, but they have been “unsuccessful.”
“Fence it. Then manage it,” said Anjum. “It’s the simplest solution in the history of the world.”