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Pakistan Willing to Seal Off Border With Afghanistan


Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri says Islamabad is willing to seal its border with Afghanistan by building a fence to stop militants from infiltrating into Afghan territory.

Kasuri made the remark during Sunday talks with his Dutch counterpart, Bernard Bot, who suggested sealing the border during his visit in the Afghan capital, Kabul, a day earlier.

He also said that the fenced border should be jointly monitored by both Pakistani and Afghan security forces.

A Foreign Ministry statement says Bot welcomed Pakistan's readiness to seal the Afghan-Pakistani border and told Kasuri he would discuss this with other NATO partners.

Afghan officials say Taleban leaders frequently find shelter in Pakistan. Islamabad denies those accusations, saying it has deployed 80,000 troops in the rugged border region to hunt down Taleban and al-Qaida fugitives.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.