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Pakistan, Afghanistan to introduce border biometrics system

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 28, IRNA -- Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on a new monitoring system along their borders to check illegal cross-border movement, narcotics smuggling and improve security, officials said.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have some 2,000 kilometers of joint border and Kabul alleges that suspected militants enter its territory from Pakistan for attacks on foreign and Afghan troops.

Senior officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan, in their recent meeting in Dubai, agreed to set up biometrics system at Torkham and Chaman, two recognized border points, officials said.

The Dubai talks were organized upon the proposal by G-8 countries.

Pakistan described the talks as fruitful as Afghanistan has for the first time agreed on the new monitoring system.

Both countries also agreed with a new transit system for the divided families living along the joint border in both sides, officials said.

Traditionally people living near the border areas freely move across the border but recently Afghans complained that Pakistani border security officials are hindering their movement.

Officials from both sides will meet in Pakistan in July to review the issue, sources said.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1082047



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