Pak-Iran Agreement on Border Fencing

There has been an agreement between Pakistan and Iran to protect the 900km-long common border. Some appropriate measures’ including border fencing will be done to safeguard the border.

During the second session of the Pakistan-Iran Higher Border Commission (HBC), the decision was taken at the Foreign Office.

A significant portion of its shared border has been fenced by Pakistan with Afghanistan similar to what India did at the Line of Control (LoC).

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It is described as the ‘border of peace and friendship,’ as both the parties are in agreement to develop a new border crossing points with common understanding.

Foreign Office has termed it as “a mechanism for consultations between the two countries to discuss all border-related issues,” following the session.

The latest sitting of HBC was following the decisions taken during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran back in April. The first session took place in Tehran in July 2017.

Director-General for Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry led the Pakistan delegation and by Director General of International Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Bagherpour Ardekani led the Iranian delegation.

Pak-Iran relations have been volatile for a long time due to smuggling and terror activities at the Pak-Iran border. Thus, now the decision to fence the border is quite welcoming.

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