The Pakistan army has started the construction of a border fence that will reportedly stretch approximately 1,622 miles along its shared border with Afghanistan to stop terrorists from entering the country.
The report from The Express Tribune included a statement made on Tuesday by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) that explained their reasoning behind the decision to build a border fence along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
“Measures to improve security situation along the Pak-Afghan border continue. In line with the directions of COAS (chief of army staff), phased fencing of the entire Pak-Afghan border has commenced,” the statement said. “A secure Pak-Afghan border is in common interest of both the countries and a well-coordinated border security mechanism is essential for enduring peace and stability.”
Pakistan will start by building the fence in areas that it deems as “high infiltration” prone and will finish by completing construction in the remaining border areas.
“A security official said that a 2,611km long border — 1,230km in K-P and 1,381 in Balochistan— with Afghanistan would be fenced. Of 1,230 in K-P, 237km high infiltration prone areas of Khyber Agency, Bajaur and Mohmand are being fenced in the first phase,” The Express Tribune noted.
In addition to the fence, Pakistan’s army will be building new forts and posts along the border fence to add additional “surveillance and defensibility.” Pakistan has already finished 43 out of the 338 proposed border posts and forts while 63 are currently under construction.
The announcement out of Pakistan comes as the Trump administration tries to begin construction of an actual border wall – not just a fence – along the U.S.-Mexico border.
So far the idea of a border wall has been met with political opposition by Democrats and some establishment Republicans who believe that the wall will be ineffective or is mean spirited towards Mexico.
Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) are worried about the notion of offending Mexico over the fact that many of its citizens illegally enter the United States – an act that poses a serious threat to national security.
“There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in Mexico,” McCain previously said as reported by Breitbart Texas. “If the election were tomorrow in Mexico, you’d probably have a left-wing, anti-American president in Mexico. That can’t be good for America.”
In an April report by the Washington Examiner, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) outlined the importance of gaining control of the U.S.-Mexico border in a prepared testimony to the committee.
“The purpose of these additional border barriers is to gain control over the southwest border,” Johnson said. “As [Homeland Security] Secretary Kelly testified to the committee in January, ‘the number one threat to the nation is that we do not have control of our borders. Without control, every other kind of threat—drugs, illegal migrants, counterfeit manufactured goods and pharmaceuticals, diseases, terrorists, and the list goes on—can enter at will, and does.”
The report goes on to highlight the effectiveness of border barriers as it showcases the success of a border fence erected near Yuma, Arizona, which cut illegal crossings from Mexico by 94 percent.