December 13, 2018
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Pakistan to add 60,000 more troops along the Durand Line with Afghanistan

By Khaama Press - Thu Aug 09 2018, 10:08 am

The Pakistani military officials have said as many as 60,000 more troops will be added to increase patrols along the Durand Line with Afghanistan.

The officials have said the main purpose of a boost in troops number is to increase patrols along the Line with an aim to curb the flow of insurgents passing between the two nations.

Citing the informed, Bloomberg has stated in a report that 40 percent of the troops have already been recruited in the exercise, which is expected to take two years.

The officials have also added that about 13 percent of a fence planned along the 1,456-mile-long border has also been completed.

This comes as the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had earlier expressed concerns regarding the alleged financial US support to Pakistan for fencing the Durand Line.

The Office of the Former President in a statement said Hamid Karzai is deeply concerned over the US financial assistance to Pakistan for fencing the Durand Line.

The statement further added that the former President strongly condemns the move and call it it a violation of our rights and sovereignty.

He said “The US funding to Pakistan for fencing the Durand line is helping Pakistan’s policy of separating Afghans on both sides of the Durand Line.

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