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Pakistan dispatches more troops on Durand Line

Pakistan dispatches more troops on Durand Line

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Aug 09, 2018 - 16:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon’s military has decided to surge its troop’s strength by 60,000 personnel along the disputed Durand Lineinfo-icon with Afghanistaninfo-icon to curb the movement of insurgents between the two nations, a media report said on Thursday.

A Pakistani military official familiar with the matter said Forty percent of the troops have already been recruited in the exercise, which is expected to take two years.

About 13 percent of a fence planned along the 1,456 mile-long disputed border has also been completed, they said. The armed force's media department didn't respond to a request for comment.

The move will consolidate Pakistan's border operations, which have been beefed-up in recent years after widespread insecurity wracked the country following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

Domestic terror-related violence is now at its lowest in more than a decade. The army has an estimated 560,000 active personnel, according to the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Forces have previously been more focused on the country's eastern border with arch-rival neighbor India, with which it's fought three wars against since British India's partition in 1947. The two continue to contest the disputed region of Kashmir.

Pakistan has come under increasing pressure to act against the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon and the affiliated Haqqani networkinfo-icon since President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of allowing them safe haven. In January, Trump suspended military aid to the nuclear-armed nation and accused Pakistan of giving "lies and deceit" in return for years of US funding.

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