Why fencing #Iran border w/ Pakistan is a big challenge for Islamabad, not due to money but for the following reason—I am delineating below:
There are 4 issues related but distinct....
Drugs cartel funds terrorism, & warlordism & mafias in border regions of 🇦🇫, 🇵🇰 & 🇮🇷; they have influence in weak state like 🇦🇫 & desperate elements in structures in Iran 🇮🇷 who do not want stringent border between 🇮🇷 & 🇵🇰.
Hence it preempts 2 see efforts 4 unfrequented routes sealed by 🇵🇰.
🇮🇷 was very opposed to fencing last time when it was raised, despite 🇮🇷 has no border dispute w/ 🇵🇰.
Locals have no access to basic facilities & can not find day 2 day items coming from areas/regions as far a field (i,e, up to 300km away).
a. reaction of #Iranian state
b. response of narco mafia
c. reaction of local community
d. effects on local market & livelihood
e. fate of grey economy.
(v) #CPEC makes fencing even more urgent 4 its security.
Challenges apart, 🇵🇰 can no longer afford open border w/ Iran after almost fencing 70% w/ 🇦🇫. End