Pakistan, Iran discuss border fences – Pakistan

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CHAGAI: Civil and security officials from Pakistan and Iran discussed border mapping on Saturday during a follow-up meeting held after Pakistan’s surveyor-general visited the neighboring country earlier this month.

Official sources privy to the meeting said so dusk on Sunday that a two-point agenda was up for discussion during the meeting, which was attended by a six-member Iranian delegation led by the country’s Director-General for Border Affairs.

The eight-strong Pakistani delegation consisted of officials from the army, the Frontier Corps, the Survey of Pakistan mapping agency and Chagai Deputy Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Baloch.

The follow-up meeting took place in Taftan, a town near the border of the two countries in Chagai District.

Officials review details of mapping surveys in high-level meeting

A senior officer who attended the meeting and asked not to be named spoke up dusk that the discussion was aimed at successfully completing the fence along the border.

The participants noticed that in some places some boundary pillars were disappearing and the problem needed to be identified and validated for the fence. “It should be clear that there is no dispute over the border fence between Iran and Pakistan. In fact, the Iranian authorities welcomed the border fence but described it as an important step in ensuring security on both sides,” he said.

At the meeting, the details of previous joint surveys were presented and the clarification of technical aspects of the implementation modalities was discussed in detail.

It was agreed that air and ground markings would be carried out by border posts to create detailed maps of the border zone. A four kilometer strip – two kilometers on each side – would be mapped according to the protocol.

Officials also agreed that the 909-kilometer Pakistan-Iran border would be divided into four sections and each side would map two sections patrolled by both countries. It was also decided that each side would draw up a detailed plan and have it approved by their relevant higher authorities.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Chagai briefed his Iranian counterpart on the problems local residents are facing due to the ongoing closure of Rahdari Gate by the Iranian side. Deputy Commissioner Baloch said dusk that the gate was the only way for people visiting their relatives after being granted a 15-day special permit to travel to a limited area of ​​both countries.

Published in Dawn, March 28, 2022

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