Pakistan has begun building a fence along its border with Afghanistan to curtail the movement of militants, in a move criticized by its eastern neighbor for dividing communities, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (March 27, 2017).
The two nations are divided by the "Durand Line," a 1,500-mile frontier drawn by the British in 1896 and disputed by Kabul, which does not recognize it as an international border.
Both accuse the other of harboring militant proxies to carry out cross-border terror attacks, while their militants have engaged in numerous skirmishes in recent years.
Last year, Pakistan completed a 700-mile trench along the southern half of the border. The current round of fencing began in the northern tribal regions of Mohmand and Bajaur over the weekend, according to Pakistani army.