- publish: 21 December 2016
- time: 4:45 pm
- category: Politics
- No: 4695
Pakistan to control all movement on Afghan border by 2020
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said Wednesday that Pakistan will control all traffic from Afghanistan through six dedicated routes by 2020.
He was speaking at a press conference in Landi Kotal, Khyber Agency, according to Dawn.
“Peace between the two countries is inter-linked,” he said. “Pakistan wants free movement and welcomes the Afghan people, but terrorist infiltration needs to be curbed,” he added.
Nisar claimed that no terrorist networks or headquarters were operating in Pakistan currently, adding that terrorists have either been killed or have fled the country following the ‘historic’ Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
He added that certain elements were now operating across the border. “These people sneak across the border, enter our country, and attack our citizens like cowards,” he said,
“The border [between Afghanistan and Pakistan] spreads over more than 2,400 kilometres. We need to improve its management,” Nisar said.
He later added that offices of the Pakistan National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) as well as a visa centre would be established at the Torkham Border in the future.
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