Pakistan to close border crossing points in view of Afghan Presidential election

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Pakistan reopens Torkham Border for pedestrian traffic

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to close all crossing points along Pak-Afghan border in view of the upcoming Presidential election and in support of domestic transition in Afghanistan.
A statement issued by Foreign Office said Pakistan in this regard has decided to enhance security along Pak-Afghan border by implementing following measures:
1. Strict security check of all pedestrians and trading vehicles from 26-29 September 2019.
2. Closure of all passage ways / Cargo terminals (except for emergency patients) on 27-28 September 2019.
It is pertinent to mention here that people of Afghanistan will head to the polls on Saturday to pick their next president, even as the threat of violence and concerns over electoral fraud could lead many to stay home.
The vote, the fourth since the Taliban s removal from power by a United States-led coalition in 2001, comes as heavy fighting between the armed group and government forces has led to a spike in the number of civilians killed.
The Taliban has already threatened to target election rallies and polling stations, while in recent weeks the US-backed Afghan forces have stepped up air and ground attacks, raising fears of further casualties.

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