Iran building anti-terror fence on Pak border

Iran is building a concrete fence along its 700-km long border with Pak.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 17:20 PM IST

Dubai: Iran is building a concrete fence all
along its 700-km long border with Pakistan to stop
cross-border movements of terrorists, according to the
country`s defence minister.

The three feet thick and 10 feet high fence, built with
concrete and fortified by steel rods, will span the
impenetrable mountainous terrain in south eastern Iran, Brig
Gen Ahmad Vahidi told IRNA news agency.

"The fence is to prevent villains from crossing into the
Islamic republic," the General said.

The fence would start from Taftan area to Mand in the
Baloch majority Sistan province, which borders Pakistan`s
Balochistan province, the report said.

Though the Iranian defence minister did not mention any
Pakistani terror groups, the Pakistan-based Baloch group
Jundullah has been known to operate on both sides of Baloch
area.

The group in a major strike in Iranian border town of
Zahedan killed 13 people, including nine prominent commanders
of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Feb 17, 2007.

Another terror attack took place on Dec 15 recently when
Jundullah militants struck a mosque in Chabhar city, where
people were commemorating the martyrdom of third Shia apostle
Imam Hussein.

Jundullah leader Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested by Iranian
intelligence forces in February 2010 and subsequently hanged.

Iran is Pakistan`s second neighbour after India to build
a anti-terror fence on the border. India recently has
completed an electrified fence all along the Line of Control
in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of international border in
Punjab.

PTI