*ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army has achieved historic milestone on Pakistan Afghanistan border fencing.*
*With the completion of the first phase of fencing of the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2018 is ending on a high note for operation Raddul Fassad.*
This was one of many objectives achieved during the course of the operation that began in February 2017.
The first critical phase of fencing spanning 539 kilometres was to be completed by the end of 2018, of which 462km has been completed and the remainder is expected to be completed in a few days. “The Pak-Afghan border is a reality and it has changed the paradigm of illegal border crossing,” an officer associated with the project said.
The total planned Pak Afghan border was 2,611km and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. “Till now 643km fencing along the border, including 462km in KP and 181km in Balochistan, has been completed,” according to updated statistics. A media team visiting Torkham was informed that a total of 843 border posts were planned, of which 233 have been completed while the construction of 140 posts is underway.
Owing to the effective physical and technical surveillance of the border, illegal border crossing has been made impossible despite a lack of cooperation from the Afghan authorities.