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The Bajwa Fence: The Pakistani Military Seals the Afghan Border


Main Image Credit People crossing the Afghanistan–Pakistan border in the Torkham region of northwestern Pakistan, March 2017. Courtesy of Xihua/Muhammad Hadi/PA Images


Will the construction of a 1200km fence along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border spark new confidence in Pakistan’s commitment to combatting cross-border terrorism?

As violence stole the headlines in the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan on 21 October 2018, accompanied by the fall of Ghazni two months earlier, fingers were once again pointing towards Pakistan. The Afghan government had requested Pakistan to close the border crossings for two days before the elections, anticipating a spike in violence on the eve of the polls. A few days prior to the elections, US acting Deputy Secretary of State Henry Ensher reiterated the now

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