ISLAMABAD - The foreign ministry has proposed setting up of a new force for manning the porous Pak-Afghan border to check illegal crossing of people and goods, and introduction of visa system for Afghan travellers.
The country, which has been facing the problem of terrorism for long, is already fencing the border and adopting other measures to check militant infiltration.
The draft, submitted to the interior ministry, has been prepared with input from Adviser to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Lt-Gen (r) Nasser Khan Janjua – who in fact is the main architect of the proposal, according to ministry sources.
The Western Border Security Force (WBSF) could be created by integrating and strengthening the existing forces, reads the document, a copy of which is available with The Nation.
New recruitments for WBSF should predominantly be made from the border areas, with establishment of a permanent officer’s corps to ensure career-long commitment and specialisation, it says.
The new rules on easement rights of ‘Rahdari’ system for the people living in selected border areas be devised, preferably by using biometric technology.