Pakistan to close borders with Afghanistan, Iran ahead of general elections for security | World News

Feb 8, 2024

Islamabad: Pakistan has announced the closure of its borders with its neighbor afghanistan And iran To ensure Security As per Dawn report, during the ongoing general elections.
Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch on Wednesday revealed the decision, which is aimed at maintaining Stability during voting process,
FO spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, said, “To ensure complete security during the general elections to be held in Pakistan on February 8, the border crossings with Afghanistan and Iran will remain closed for both cargo and pedestrians. Normal operations on February 9 will resume.” ,” the daily reported.
According to Dawn, authorities have duly informed both Afghanistan and Iran regarding the shutdown.
In particular, the border crossings at Torkham and Chaman have been frequently closed in recent times due to tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
However, the border with Iran remained open last month, despite recent tensions and exchanges of missile firings.
Some 128 million voters are set to take part in the election of members of the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies, so tight security measures have been implemented.
Army troops have been deployed and about half of the more than 90,000 polling stations across the country have been marked as sensitive.
Balochistan province in particular has seen an increase in terrorist activities ahead of the elections.
Twin terrorist attacks in Pishin and Qila Saifullah on Wednesday left several casualties and raised concerns over election security.
Despite the challenges, authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to conduct elections in Balochistan as scheduled.
Similarly, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province is on high alert after consecutive terrorist incidents, including an attack on a police station in Dera. Ismail Khan Where 10 police officers were martyred.
Given the increasing violence, observers anticipate significant challenges for authorities and law enforcement agencies in ensuring trouble-free elections in both provinces.
However, the authorities remain steadfast in their determination to protect the democratic process from disruption by terrorist elements.

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