ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday closed two major border points with Afghanistan for its efforts to maintain security during the July 25 elections, officials said.
The Embassy of Pakistan in the Afghan capital Kabul has announced that the Chaman border in Balochistan and Kharlachi in the Kurram district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will remain closed on July 24 and July 25 due to parliamentary elections in Pakistan.
However, the major border crossing at Torkham in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will remain open as usual, said a statement posted online.
Meanwhile the Afghan consulate in Peshawar has advised all Afghans to avoid unnecessary movement in view of the elections in Pakistan.
Pakistan still hosts around 2.4 million Afghan refugees, according to the UN refugee agency.
Last week Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had assured Pakistani caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that his government will take measures on the Afghan side of the border for security during the elections.
ISLAMABAD, KABUL TO COORDINATE GROUND OPERATIONS
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to "take additional security measures and to closely coordinate their military ground operations in the border region to more effectively fight terrorist groups that pose security threats to the two countries," officials said on Monday.
A Pakistani official, who was part of high level talks in the Afghan capital Kabul on July 22, told Xinhua that both sides while reviewing the existing security situation, reached an understanding that terrorism is the common enemy that has to be defeated through better coordination of ground operations and joint efforts.
Pakistani military, intelligence officials, diplomats and representatives of key ministries joined hands with their Afghan counterparts to formally inaugurate the Afghanistan and Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) that provided the needed thrust to meaningfully address all issues of mutual concern by enhancing regular institutional cooperation.
The Pakistani delegation, led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, was comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, Commerce, Railways, Communications, interior and military and intelligence officials.