Pak-Afghan border fully secure after fencing: DIG FC North KP

PESHAWAR: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Frontier Corps North Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sajid Majeed here on Thursday said Pak-Afghan border had been fully secured after completion of fencing and construction of new forts.

The development of technical mechanism has immensely helped control mobility and  movement of unwanted elements, he said.

While briefing national and international media about security arrangements on Pak-Afghan border including comprehensive security mechanism and development projects in merged areas, he said 98 percent fencing had been completed and the 2600 km border with Afghanistan had been fully secured.

Movement of people from authorized crossing border points including Torkham was allowed and only those persons who had valid travelling visa documents were permitted. He said no major refugee influx has been reported so far.

He said Afghan nationals in Pakistan were going back to their country in large number after the fall of Kabul. He said millions of development projects had been initiated in merged areas for socio-economic development of tribal people.

He said, “We are ready for every challenge,” adding that the security situation had improved and patrolling of troops had been enhanced at our side. Drone and other surveillance technology were being used under the inclusive border management mechanism for the security of Pak-Afghan border.

He said establishment of a fence had significantly reduced chance of infiltration from across the border. He said security check posts, fence and deployment had been increased to protect the border.

The DIG said facilities at Torkham border terminal had been enhanced and the concerned  departments including Federal Investigation Agency and National Database and Registration Authority were facilitating immigration process at Torkham terminal.

Fencing on 809 KM, out of 827 KM had been completed. Out of 443 forts, 388 were completed and remaining 55 would be completed by this year, he added. Work on fencing was started in May 2017 and till date 98 percent work had been completed.

He said remaining two percent would be completed soon.

‘Torkham border fully

operational round the clock’

Khyber Rifles Commandant, Col Rizwan on Thursday said Torkham border was fully operational round the clock as NADRA, security forces and civil administration were working round the clock.

National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Federal Investigation Agency, civil administration, police and Anti-narcotics force were providing services at the border, he said while briefing media persons.

The commandant said that an integrated transit trade system was being established on 726 kanals which would be completed by 2023.  After its completion, he said, 10,000 cargo trucks and 25000 people would cross the area per day against 16000 people and 9000 trucks previously. – APP