Afghan-Pakistan border villages brace for Berlin Wall-style divide

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CHAMAN/QUETTA, Pakistan – Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide of their neighborhoods. Seven such villages are dotted around Chaman district, home to the bustling border-crossing town of Chaman in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan. Muhammad Usman, commander of Pakistan’s Frontier Corps paramilitary force in Chaman.

Pakistan’s previous attempts to build one failed about a decade ago and many doubt whether its possible to secure such a lengthy border. Pakistan, in anticipation of the fence, plans to build more than 100 new border posts and Islamabad is recruiting in excess of 30,000 soldiers to man them, according to a senior military source.

“Trump is doing as per requirements of America; we are doing as per requirements of Pakistan,” added Usman. Tense relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan boiled over in two divided villages in May during Pakistan’s census survey.

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