Army deployed in place of paramilitary forces on Pak-Afghan border

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

24th Jul, 2021. 10:45 am
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Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that Pakistan has shifted Frontier Constabulary, Levies Force and other paramilitary forces from the front line positions along the Pak-Afghan border as the army has started deploying in these places.

According to the details, he said that FC Balochistan and paramilitary forces working under the Interior Ministry had been called back from the border patrol.

The interior minister said that now that the paramilitary forces had been replaced, regular army troops were managing the border.

Sheikh Rashid added that the decision was taken in view of the volatile situation across the border.

He said that this was done to stop the movement of refugees from Afghanistan and to prevent the entry of armed soldiers and militants into Pakistan.

The Home Minister said that paramilitary forces including Frontier Constabulary, Levies, Rangers were deployed at the border to deal with illegal immigration, smuggling, etc. However, the current volatile situation in Afghanistan requires regular troops along the border.

Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar, Director General (DG) of the Public Relations Department (ISPR), recently said on a TV channel that the army was monitoring the borders and that the move would not affect Afghan territory or Iranian borders It will help stem the tide of conflict.

Armed forces sources later said that the most serious challenge in the current scenario was not only to stop the influx of terrorists under the guise of refugees or refugees but also the movement of Afghan officials or Taliban fighters.

“We have seen that more than a thousand Afghans fled to Tajikistan in early July for fear of the Taliban, but the Taliban’s presence in northern Afghanistan is not as strong as in areas bordering Pakistan,” an official said.

“So if Afghan officials enter Pakistan while fighting, the Taliban are likely to pursue them and the conflict could spread inside Pakistan,” he said.

“Pakistan does not want the Afghan Air Force to use our airspace to attack the Taliban without permission, and in retaliation, the militants attack Pakistani positions and create a new problem,” he said.

In addition, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said it was time for Afghan politicians and their military leadership to learn to deal with their problems.

“We do not want Pakistani soil to be used in any way in the Afghan conflict and we have assured the Afghan leadership of this policy,” he said.

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