Pakistani, Afghan troops clash over border fencing
Apr 20, 2007 - 3:45:24 PM

Islamabad, April 20 - The Afghan government has said its border security force clashed with Pakistani troops following the fencing of the border by Pakistan, The News newspaper reported Friday.

The clash erupted Thursday near the Shkin-Angoor Adda sector, when the Afghans tried to dismantle the fence erected on the border, the report quoted an Afghan government spokesman as saying.

Shkin is in Afghanistan's Paktika province. Across the border is Angoor Adda in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region.

The Pakistan government has reportedly started selectively fencing its 2,500 km long border with Afghanistan to contain cross-border movement of militants.

This comes as the Pakistani government has been repeatedly charged with not doing enough to stop cross-border militancy from the western world and also the Afghanistan.

But border fencing of has become a bone of contention between Afghanistan and Pakistan, notes the report.

Earlier reports indicated that Afghanistan does not recognise the current 'Durand Line' marked by British rulers in India a century ago as the real borderline with Pakistan.

Pakistani military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad reportedly has confirmed the incident, adding that it has been reported to the tripartite commission made up of senior military officials from Pakistan, NATO-led and Afghan forces.

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