Pakistan Plans to Mine Afghan Border
“The Pakistan Army has been tasked to work out modalities for selectively fencing and mining the Pakistan-Afghanistan border,’’ Riaz Mohammad Khan, the Pakistani foreign secretary, said at a news briefing in Islamabad, the capital. “These measures will supplement the measures which are already in force.”
At present, Pakistan has an estimated 80,000 troops on its porous and craggy border straddling Afghanistan.
Pakistan has also decided to strictly monitor the Afghan refugee
camps, Mr. Khan said at the news briefing. “We also request the
international community, especially the United Nations,
to expedite the refugees’ return to Afghanistan and to relocate some of
the camps which are closer to the border,’’ Mr. Khan said.
officials say the continued presence of Afghan refugee camps on its
side makes it easier for Taliban to mingle, hide and travel across the