Pakistan deploys additional troops on western border

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday said it had deployed additional troops on the western border to reinforce security arrangements for ‘peaceful conduct of presidential elections in Afghanistan’. “A number of measures have been taken for the purpose after due deliberation and coordination with Afghan security forces,” said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement. The steps have been taken following the start of second phase of the Afghan presidential polls on Saturday that will culminate in what the United Nations says the war-torn country’s first-ever democratic transfer of power. “While ensuring a smooth flow of voters move, checking by immigration staff at crossing points has been enhanced and patrolling has been increased in areas close to the border. Strict checking measures have been taken on routes from mainland leading towards border areas,” the ISPR said, adding that the 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, it said, aerial surveillance is also being carried out to check any untoward cross border movement.

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