The border fencing project with Iran has started and will be completed within three to four years, Pakistani border force commander Moazzam Jah Ansari told the country’s Upper House of Parliament, Mehr News Agency reported.
Iran and Pakistan have stepped up their efforts to beef up security along the common border following recent attacks on Iranian border guards by terrorists based in Pakistan.
In February, an attack by Pakistan-based Jaish al-Adl terrorist group claimed the lives of 27 people after an explosive-laden vehicle hit a bus carrying personnel of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in the Sistan-Baluchistan Province.
Fourteen Pakistani security forces were also killed in a bus ambush in April.
During a recent visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Tehran, the Iranian President said that both countries will establish a joint border security force to respond to an uptick in violence along the countries' shared border.
"Both countries [have] agreed to set up a joint rapid reaction force that will be operating on the borders of the two countries to fight terrorism," said Rouhani at a joint press conference following the talks.
Khan pledged that his government would not allow Pakistani soil to be used by armed groups against any country.