473 kilometres long ditch in Balochistan under development at Pak Afghan border
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry Monday told the Senate that strict border management was being ensured to check movement of terrorists and smugglers along the border with Afghanistan and Iran.
Responding to a motion moved by Chaudhry Tanveer Khan, he said illegal movement and smuggling on Pak-Afghan-Iran borders had already decreased as a result of the operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fassad.
The minister said some 2.5 million Afghan nationals were involved in narcotics trade as 50 percent of Afghanistan's gross domestic product depended on narcotics trade.
He said it was difficult to check cross border movement owing to special status of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Phase one of the border fencing had already been completed while ditching of 473 km long border areas in Balochistan was being continued to decrease entry of terrorists in Balochistan.
Stressing effective Pak-Afghan-Iran border management, the senators said it would help curtail smuggling and human trafficking.