Afghanistan Rejects Pakistan's Plan to Fence, Land Mine Border to Stem Militancy

Pakistan will fence and land mine parts of its border with Afghanistan to prevent cross-border militancy, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Afghanistan quickly rejected the plan.

Pakistan will also deploy additional paramilitary troops at the frontier, Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammed Khan told a news conference.

"Rather than beating around the bush, we must confront terrorists in a real manner," said Khaleeq Ahmed, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. "Fencing or mining the border is neither helpful or practical. That's why we are against it. The border is not where the problem lies."