July 24, 2012 -
The Pakistani border community of Chaman was recently visited by a delegation from the High Commission of Canada to Pakistan. The seven-member team, comprised of representatives from the Canadian government, was on site to review the condition of the biometric systems installed on the Pakistani border.
In 2008, the Canadian government assisted with installing a biometric system on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan to monitor the movement of people between the two adjacent countries. It was essentially put in place to keep an eye out for terrorists attempting to infiltrate Pakistan.
However, the Afghanistan government discontinued use of biometric technology at the border after an orchestrated series of protests from Afghani civil society. The visit of the Canadian delegation was aimed to assess the current condition of the system and to see if it could be reactivated.
The diplomats were briefed about the biometrics system by officials from Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency, They were further updated by officials from the Frontier Corps, a Pakistani paramilitary force, about additional security measures at the border.
Will this action strengthen the bonds between the Canadian and the Pakistani government?