Islamabad (Staff Report): Pakistan army has announced fencing along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to improve the security situation along the international boundary, said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s public relations wing on Tuesday.

According to ISPR statement, the construction of the fence will take place in two phases. In the first phase, the 'high-infiltration prone' border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber Agencies will be sealed off; while in the second phase, the fencing of the remaining border areas of Balochistan will begin.

The ISPR statement further added that Pakistan Army and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Frontier Corps will construct new forts and border posts to improve defence and surveillance besides the fencing operation.

DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor also said in his tweet, “Pak taking measures for improving Pak-Afg bdr security including fencing , const of new forts & posts. Secure Bdr is in common interest.”

The press release issued by ISPR read, "A secure Pak-Afghan border is in [the] common interest of both countries and a well-coordinated border security mechanism is essential for enduring peace and stability."

Both Mohmand and adjoining Bajaur which abut Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Kunar provinces have seen a frequent spike in attacks, including ones by banned militants groups Jamaatul Ahrar and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.