ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army is deploying troops in Chitral and Upper Dir to take on repeated cross-border incursions by Afghan militants at border areas, it was learnt on Tuesday. According to sources, military troops from Swat, Malakand division and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are being moved to Drosh and Mirkhani in Chitral and Maidan in Upper Dir. Maidan is the native town of the detained terrorist and Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammad (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad. Sufi was arrested by security forces from Peshawar in June 2009 and is reportedly kept in Dera Ismail Khan. The sources say that fresh troops would augment the already deployed troops of Frontier Corps (FC) in the aforesaid areas. The newly deployed troops and already deputed FC personnel would now reportedly work under the direct supervision and command of the 19th Division, a Pakistan Armys military division that has maximum concentration in Swat and Malakand division. Previously, Inspector General FC was commanding the military forces in Chitral, Upper and Lower Dir. Reportedly, additional military troops have not been moved to Lower Dir due to the already heavy concentration of FC in that area. The exact number of the newly arrived troops is not known. Confirming troops deployment in Chitral and Upper Dir, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Athar Abbas, said, Military troops at Pak-Afghan borderlands are deployed to stop the cross-border incursions from Afghanistans Kunar province. The paramilitary forces presently guard these areas and new contingents would assist them. The decision to amass troops, it is learnt, in the aforesaid Pak-Afghan bordering areas was finalised by Pakistan Armys top brass in the 142nd Corps Commanders Conference held on Thursday last. Subsequently, the military troops have been reportedly moved to Chitral and Upper Dir while this process is reportedly still going on, to be completed in next few days. The sources comment that troops movement is kept secretive and is mostly timed at late night hours to prevent the public in Chitral and Upper Dir from panic. Generally, majority of the public in those areas is not aware of military movement. The entire deployment process is highly secretive and kept on low key to avoid public panic and fear, the sources commented. Last month, hundreds of militants stormed into the adjoining belt of Drosh in Chitral to attack Pakistani paramilitary forces check-posts. Resultantly, 25 Pakistani soldiers including officials of Chitral Scouts, a sub-division of FC, lost their lives. The militants had captured three check-posts that were recovered by the Pakistani security forces after fierce gun battle. In prior months, from April to June, Afghan militants repeatedly attacked villages in Upper and Lower Dir and killed dozens of Pakistani soldiers. Recently, Afghan militants kidnapped 30 Pakistani youngsters from Bajaur Agency that could not be recovered yet.