Chaman Border Could Possibly be Closed: Sheikh Rasheed

Chaman Border Could Possibly be Closed: Sheikh Rasheed

Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has hinted at closing the Chaman border with Afghanistan due to security concerns, saying he had spoken to the Frontier Corps (FC) to decide whether or not to close the border based on the situation there. 

Talking to the media in Islamabad, the Home Minister said that thankfully there was no bloodshed in Afghanistan and the government of Pakistan has the same position in that they want peace. “We have border management while the situation on the Torkham border is normal,” he said.

In response to a question, he said that Pakistan Army is present on the border, and a fence has been erected there covering 2,686 km “We will close the Chaman border due to some concerns. Peace in Afghanistan is peace in Pakistan,” he said.

He said that the Indian media thinks that everything in Afghanistan has been done by ISI. He said, “We are not involved in any Afghani problem, and the organizations Indian RAW and NDS have been destroyed. All their investments and plans are in vain.”

Expressing grief over the demise of Syed Ali Geelani, the spirit of independence of Occupied Kashmir, Sheikh Rashid said that he fought till the last moment against the bloodshed perpetrated by the Indian government. All Pakistanis should pay homage to him, he said, and today flags have been placed in tunnels to mourn him.

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He condemned the Indian imposition of curfew to prevent public participation in the passing of Syed Ali Gilani and said that may Allah elevate his status. “His martyrdom will play a major role in the liberation of Kashmir. He has fought for the independence of Kashmir all his life,” he said.

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“We were being wrecked in the case of the alleged abduction of the daughter of an Afghan diplomat, but with the help of these cameras we have been able to present evidence and silence them,” the interior minister said.

Regarding the opposition and the long march, he warned that the time is coming when the government will have to talk to the opposition. “This is not the time for a long march. No one will be allowed to cause chaos in the country because the most important days of Pakistan started from August 15,” he said.

He rejected the statement of Shahbaz Sharif and said that the dream of a national government would come true. “Yes, we are ready for national reconciliation,” he said.

The Home Minister praised the performance of the Islamabad Police and said that their responsibilities had increased after the arrival of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

He said that another 1,500 personnel would be recruited in the Islamabad police while the Prime Minister has approved 1,200 cameras for security.

He further said that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself would inaugurate the National Crisis Cell on September 6 and he had specifically directed that not even a small part of the city should be out of sight of the cameras.

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