Pak-Afghan border crossing closed as part of election security measures

Islamabad: The authorities have decided to close the Pakistan border with Afghanistan at Kharlachi in Kurram tribal district on July 24 and 25 as part of security measures for the general election in the country. The Chaman border crossing in Balochistan would also remain closed on July 24-25.

However, the main border crossing at Torkham in Khyber tribal district would remain open. Efforts are being made to restrict the Afghan refugees to their camps on the polling day on July 25.

The authorities in Balochistan have closed the Pak-Afghan border crossing at Chaman for three days — July 24-26 — as part of the security measures taken to ensure peaceful conduct of elections across the province.

“No Afghan national would be allowed to enter into Pakistan during elections,” Balochistan Frontier Corps officials told DawnNewsTV. Security at the porous border has also been tightened to maintain law and order situation during the elections, they added.

Moreover, internet services in Killa Abdullah, the bordering district with Afghanistan, will remain suspended during the elections. In addition to Killa Abdullah, the internet services in Awaran, Khuzdar, Turbat and other sensitive areas will also be suspended.

In Balochistan, 1,768 polling stations have been declared “extremely sensitive” and 768 declared “sensitive” out of almost 5,000 polling stations.

Balochistan police DIG Razzaq Cheema said 6,300 policemen and 3,500 FC personnel have been deployed in and around Quetta to carry out security duties during the elections. “A control room has been set up at DIG police office to monitor the polling process in the city,” Cheema said.

Besides, in the northern districts of Balochistan, more than 15,000 FC personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful conduct of elections. Moreover, police and levies personnel would also be deployed outside polling stations.

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