Additional troops on border since March 20: ISPR

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Rawalpindi: A spokesman of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has said that additional troops have been deployed on the Pak-Afghan border since March 20 to reinforce existing security arrangements in order to ensure peaceful elections in Afghanistan. The spokesman said a host of measures have been taken for the purpose after due deliberation and coordination with Afghan security forces. “Checking by immigration staff at crossing points has been enhanced and patrolling has been increased in areas close to the border,” the spokesman said in a statement issued on Friday. He said strict checking measures have been taken on routes from mainland leading towards border areas. “All crossing points have been closed from today till conclusion of polling on the election day.” He said communication at Border Coordination Centres on both sides has also been enhanced and a hotline contact has been established between the two Military Operations directorates. “Additionally, aerial surveillance will also be carried out to check any untoward cross-border movement,” the spokesman said. 

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