Pakistan fences part of Afghan border

Pakistan has completed building a fence on a first section of its border with Afghanistan, a disputed measure designed to prevent fighters from crossing the mountainous frontier, the army said.

Pakistan fences part of Afghan border
Pakistan has completed building a fence on a first section of its border with
Afghanistan, a disputed measure designed to prevent fighters from crossing the mountainous frontier, the army said Thursday.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf announced in February that the army would go ahead with the fence amid pressure on Pakistan to do more to stop fighters from using its soil as a springboard for attacks in Afghanistan.

Troops have completed the first 12-mile section of the fence at Alwara Mandi in North Waziristan, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad told The Associated Press.

Building a fence already was under way in several other locations along the long, mountainous frontier, he said.

Afghanistan has criticized the plan to fence the border, which is disputed and not clearly demarcated at places. Kabul dismisses it as a distraction from Pakistan's failure to tackle alleged hide-outs on its soil.

However, he has shelved plans to lay mines along the border amid objections also from the United Nations, which warned it would likely lead to civilian casualties.
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