Pakistan is pushing for the completion of a fence along its disputed border with Afghanistan — and it wants the US to help pay for it.
Less than 10 per cent of the fence planned along the 1,456 miles (2,343 kilometers) of mountainous border with Afghanistan has been completed so far due to financial constraints. Even so, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said the barrier should be finished by the end of 2019.
“It won’t cost them much,” Asif said of the US in an interview on February 2 in Islamabad. “The war is costing them much more.”
Pakistan has come under increasing pressure to act against the Afghan Taliban and affiliated Haqqani network after President Donald Trump accused officials in Islamabad of allowing them safe haven. …