Scouts Commandant of Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency has told reporters these check posts have been set up in Mamond, Salarzai and other areas along the border to prevent militants from attacking locals, pro-government elders and security forces.
According to Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news, Colonel Nair Zaman further said that the establishment of check posts and deployment of security forces will stop militants from infiltrating the agency and further into the country. “We have now sealed most of the border area, which will help maintain peace in the agency,” Zaman has been quoted as saying.
Pakistan believes that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) –the primary militant group in the country has hideouts in Afghanistan’s Kunar province which borders Bajaur Agency.
However, Afghan officials say Bajaur is being used as a route for Pakistani militants to enter Afghanistan for terrorist attacks.