Pakistan’s announcement that it is already constructing a fence along its mutual border with Afghanistan has provoked the ire of Kabul.
Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said Afghanistan would not stand idly by if Pakistan moves forward with its effort to build a border barrier, noting that so far, there is no evidence of such a move.
Danish has expressed disapproval of a border wall, saying, “Building fences or any construction is not acceptable for us and we won’t allow anyone to do it,” reports the Associated Press (AP).
The Afghan official’s remarks came in response to Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the head of Pakistan’s military, announcing on Saturday that Islamabad is in the midst of constructing fencing in “high-threat zones,” notes Reuters.
Gen. Bajwa’s remarks came during his visit to the volatile tribal regions along the Af-Pak border, where he said both countries would benefit from a barrier.
Pakistan says it already “started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks, a move that could worsen tensions with Afghanistan, which has never accepted the colonial-era frontier,” points out AP.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have long accused one another of backing terrorism.