Dubai: In a bid to check cross-border terrorism, Iran is building a concrete fence all along its 700-km long border with Pakistan.
   
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 said.
 
“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 Defense Minister did not mention any Pakistani terror groups, the Pakistan-based Baloch group Undullah has been known to operate on both sides of Baloch area.
 
The group attacked Iranian border town of Zahedan killing 13 people, including nine commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Feb 17, 2007.

On December, 15 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 neighbor after India to build an anti-terror fence on the border. India recently has built an electrified fence all along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of international border in Punjab.

Agencies