ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government announced on Thursday the closure of all border crossings with Afghanistan from September 27 to 28 to strengthen security in view of the fourth presidential election held in the war-torn country on Saturday.
Meanwhile, improved safety controls for pedestrians and commercial vehicles began on Thursday and the process will continue until Sunday.
"In view of the upcoming presidential elections and in support of the national transition in Afghanistan, it has been decided to improve security along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan," said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The statement also said that, in this regard, a strict security control of all pedestrians and commercial vehicles had been ordered from September 26 to 29, while the closure of all aisles / cargo terminals (except emergency patients) ) would be held on September 27 and 28. .
Similar measures were taken in the past also on the occasion of the presidential and parliamentary elections.
The presidential elections, which take place weeks after the collapse of the peace process between the United States and the Taliban, have been overshadowed by fears of Taliban violence on the day of the vote.
In a statement issued last month, the Taliban promised to interrupt the polls. They have denounced the electoral process as a "simulated process." The election campaign has also been marred by violence. One of the meetings that President Ashraf Ghani, the main contender, had to address was attacked, while a vice president candidate was also attacked.
Posted on Dawn, September 27, 2019