Pak-Afghan border to be sealed for three days ahead of May 11 polls

Last Updated: Fri, May 03, 2013 08:40 hrs

The border crossing with Afghanistan in Khyber tribal region will stay closed for three days before the May 11 general elections, an official communique has said.

The Home and Tribal Affairs Department said in the communique that the Torkham border crossing would be kept closed to avoid any terrorist crossing across the border to disrupt elections in Pakistan, reports the Daily Times.

The communique addressed to FATA Secretariat additional chief secretary said all Afghan refugees would be restricted to their camps on May 9, 10 and 11.

However, it did not state whether those living outside camps would be allowed into the cities. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah has said that the integrated action plan being put in place and the resources put at the disposal of administrative machinery and law enforcement agencies will be fully utilised in facilitating the people to cast their vote with confidence and peace of mind.

He was presiding over the 33rd meeting of the provincial apex committee at the Governor's House, Peshawar, in which overall law and order situation in the province was reviewed, especially in the wake of forthcoming general elections. (ANI)

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