Thousands of people usually cross the border every day, including traders, Afghans seeking medical treatment in Pakistan as well as those visiting relatives.
Islamabad is engaging with the Afghan Taliban to "diplomatically" resolve some "confusions" over the fencing exercise, says Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
The year 1979 is a turning point in the history of the region, as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Islamic revolution in Iran and ‘Seige of Mecca’ laid the groundwork for the rise and victory of the Taliban over forty years later.
"The mortar fired from Afghanistan hit the house of local villager Fazal Ghani. He along with his wife and five other members of the family died on spot," a senior Pakistani official says. The dead included three women, three children and a man.
Manzoor Pashteen, head of the Pashtun Protection Movement, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid in the northwestern city of Peshawar on charges of making anti-government speeches at rallies and inciting violence, a local police official says.
Islamabad cancels citizenship of a Pakhtun politician who belongs to a tribe that lives on both sides of the border.
Does Afghanistan need to reconcile its past?
Voters in turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan vote in first provincial elections after the region lost semi-autonomous status it had held since British colonial era.
In 2017, Islamabad constructed a fence along its more-than 2,600-kilometre border with Afghanistan in a bid to quell terrorism, leading to soaring school dropout rates in the area. Still, some continue to fight for their education.
Pakistan's army launched an operation in mid-2014 to wipe out militant bases in the tribal region that borders Afghanistan and to end the near decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives.
The war in Afghanistan is drawing closer to a political settlement as the Americans, Afghans and other powers find their way to the negotiating table. Viewed by some as a destabilising force in Afghanistan, is Pakistan now getting what it wants?
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's promised 'New Pakistan' is tied, he says, to peace in neighbouring Afghanistan. The odds are against him.
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