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Border security to be enhanced: Islamabad

Border security to be enhanced: Islamabad

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Apr 03, 2014 - 22:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon on Thursday felicitated the government and people of Afghanistaninfo-icon on presidential and provincial council elections, due on Saturday.

The Afghans are due to elect on April 5 a new president for third time since the formation of the new government as a result of the Bonn process.

"As Pakistan has consistently emphasised, these elections are an Afghan affair, with relevant institutions in the lead," said a statement from the Foreign Office, released by the Pakistan embassy here.

It recognised the hard work of the electoral institutions in the planning and completion of technical preparations, hoping for a high turnout despite threats from extremist groups.

"We expect the efforts of the Afghan election authorities will be assisted by international partners. For its part, as on previous occasions, Pakistan will beef up security along the border during the elections," the release added.

"This is a historic moment for the Afghan people in their democratic journey. We hope the Afghan nation will emerge stronger and more unified as a result of the forthcoming elections. As the friends and well-wishers of the Afghan people, we extend our best wishes for successful elections and a peaceful democratic transition."

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