Iran–Pakistan border

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Map of Iran with Pakistan to the east.

The Iran–Pakistan border is the international border between Iran and Pakistan. Demarcating Pakistan's Balochistan province from Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province, it consists of a border barrier, which Iran started building as a replacement for an intermittent tattered border fence.[1] The 3 ft (91.4 cm) thick and 10 ft (3.05 m) high concrete wall, fortified with steel rods, will span the 700 km frontier stretching from Taftan to Mand. The project will include large earth and stone embankments and deep ditches to deter illegal crossings and drug smuggling into Iran. The border region is already dotted with police observation towers and fortress-style garrisons for troops. Iran and Pakistan do not have border disputes or other irredentist claims and Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has stated, "Pakistan has no reservation because Iran is constructing the fence on its territory."

History and stated purpose[edit]

The wall is being constructed to stop illegal border crossings[2] and stem the flow of drugs,[3] and is also a response to recent terror attacks, notably the one in the Iranian border town of Zahedan on February 17, 2007, which killed thirteen people, including nine Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials.[4] However Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam denied any link between the fence and the bomb blast, saying that Iran was not blaming these incidents on Pakistan.[5]

Reactions to the wall[edit]

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry has said that Iran has the right to erect border fencing in its territory.[6][7] However, opposition to the construction of the wall was raised in the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan. It maintained that the wall would create problems for the Baloch people whose lands straddle the border region. The community would become divided politically and socially, with their trade and social activities being seriously impeded.[8] Leader of the Opposition Kachkol Ali said the governments of the two countries had not taken the Baloch into their confidence on this matter,[9] demanded that the construction of the wall be stopped immediately, and appealed to the international community to help the Baloch people.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fiske, Philip (May 19, 2000). "Border patrol with Iran's drugbusters". BBC. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Iran erecting wall along the border with Pakistan". The Hindu. March 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  3. ^ Dahl, Fredrik (May 13, 2007). "INTERVIEW-"Iranian wall" seen hindering drug smugglers-UN". Reuters. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Pakistan and Iran blame Afghanistan for unrest". Daily Times. May 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  5. ^ Subramanian, Nirupama (March 3, 2007). "Iran fences border with Pakistan". Zee News. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Transcript of Press briefing of Foreign Spokesperson on 28 May 2007". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. May 28, 2007. Archived from the original on 19 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-08. If Iran is building a fence on its side of the border, I do not have any comments on that. Pakistan has no reservation because Iran is constructing the fence on its territory. The designated entry points would be available for entry of goods and people. The Iranians convey to us that they are equally keen to promote trade and facilitate legitimate movement of people. 
  7. ^ "Pakistan defends Iran right to erect border fencing". Islamic Republic News Agency. May 28, 2007. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Governor Balochistan should be replaced by local Baloch: Gatchkol Ali". Pakistan News Service. May 28, 2007. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  9. ^ Kasi, Amanullah (May 7, 2007). "Debate on Iran border wall disallowed". Dawn. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  10. ^ "'Anti-Baloch' wall on Pak-Iran border opposed". The News International. 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 

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