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Pakistan starts building fence along disputed Afghan border

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Pakistan says it has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks on security posts in recent weeks.

Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the head of Pakistan’s armed forces, announced the construction of fencing in “high threat zones” yesterday during a visit to tribal regions along the border, saying it was in the interest of both countries.

The two countries share a 2,400-kilometer border known as the Durand Line, which was drawn during colonial times and is not recognized by the Afghan government.

Building a fence along the disputed border could further heighten tensions between the two countries, which have long accused each other of turning a blind eye to Islamic militants operating along the porous frontier.

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