June 26, 2022

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AFGHAN BORDER WALL CONTROVERSY REMINISCENT OF TRUMP’S GREAT WALL

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LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES- Good fences, it’s stated, make for good neighbors. However what about partitions?

After a latest spate of terrorist assaults throughout Pakistan, the nation’s military stated it believes constructing a wall alongside the Afghan border may very well be good for each nations’ safety.

On March 31, no less than 22 individuals had been killed and greater than 70 injured when a bomb exploded exterior a mosque in Parachinar, a Shia space on the Afghan border. The bomb was thought to have been planted in a car.

It was the third in a string of terrorist assaults in Pakistan in latest months. In February, greater than 70 individuals had been killed and a dozen wounded in an assault at a Sufi shrine within the south, whereas no less than 25 individuals had been killed and 87 wounded when a bomb went off in a Parachinar vegetable market in January.

Pakistan has been accused of harboring terrorists equivalent to radical Afghan Taliban, allied Haqqani networks, and an Afghan guerilla rebel group, main Pakistan to shut its border for greater than a month beginning in February. Constructing a wall looks like a pure extension of this hunker-down mentality, and isn’t with out precedent.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made the promise to construct a border wall with Mexico a trademark of each his candidacy and first months in workplace. He sees it as a approach to maintain out undocumented migrants and, within the course of, cut back crime.

Trump claims that the wall would assist maintain out gang members, drug sellers, and criminals that threaten U.S. communities and prey on residents. The U.S. Division of Homeland Safety estimated the wall will price about $17 billion to assemble.

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However as Trump has seen, with border-securing choices comes controversy.  Afghanistan already doesn’t acknowledge the present border with Pakistan. And  Afghan Inside Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish stated that constructing a wall wouldn’t remedy the terrorism downside, however fairly divide the individuals.

Whereas polls present most Pakistanis help constructing the wall, emotions ran simply the alternative in Afghanistan. In consequence, Pakistan has seen an upsurge in violence on totally different events this yr from assaults led by the Islamic State militant group. Pakistan protection analyst Maria Sultan says that the wall will cut back drug trafficking with cooperation from the border administration crew and this may also serve the pursuits of Afghanistan and Kabul.

Whereas the motive of each international locations is to maintain the unhealthy guys out, the identical query nonetheless stands:  Is a wall going to be efficient or will it create extra pressure between international locations?

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