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Pakistan to restore biometric system along border with Afghanistan: Malik

Quetta, Thu, 20 Oct 2011 ANI

Quetta, Oct 20(ANI): Pakistan has decided to restore biometric system on its border with Afghanistan from November 30 to stop illegal crossing from both sides, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.


Speaking at a press conference at the Sarawan House at the end of his two-day visit to Quetta, Malik said that no one would be allowed to cross the Af-Pak border without going through the screening process.


The minister, who visited the border and reviewed the situation there, said that Pakistan had decided to introduce the most modern system at its border with Afghanistan in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Dawn reports.


Malik said that illegal border crossing was the main problem for people who were running their businesses in the Pakistani town of Chaman and the Vesh area of Afghanistan.


Pakistan had installed the biometric system on a trial basis in January 2007 at Chaman, according to a foreign news agency report.


But on the second day, thousands of Afghan tribesmen attacked the border gates, forcing authorities to close the crossing, the report said.


The protest was against the biometric system and a Pakistani plan to fence and mine parts of the border. Pakistan had shelved the system following further protests. (ANI)


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