January 12, 2021
Pakistan’s army spokesman said on Monday nearly 37 percent fencing work along the country’s 900-kilometer border with Iran had been completed.
The Pak-Iran border begins at the Koh-i-Malik Salih mountain and ends at Gwadar Bay in the Gulf of Oman, passing through a diverse landscape of mountain ridges, seasonal streams and rivers.
In recent years, relations between Iran and Pakistan have been strained with both sides accusing each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.
“More than 37 percent of the Pak-Iran border has been fenced and we hope it will be completed in a year,” the spokesperson for the Pakistani military, Major General Babar Iftikhar, told reporters, adding that nearly 83 precent of Pakistan’s over 2,600-kilometer-long border with Afghan had also been fenced and work on it would be completed by mid-2021.
In 2019, Iran and Pakistan said they would form a joint quick reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border. Pakistan has set aside nearly $20 million to fence its frontier with Iran.