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Pak beefs up security along border with Afghanistan

Pakistan has moved more troops on its border along Afghanistan to prevent Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from entering the country.

"More regular army troops, along with other security personnel, have been moved to beef up security on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, particularly in the border town of Chaman in Baluchistan province," military sources said.

Pakistan had started moving troops close to its border with Afghanistan in Parachinar and Kurram Agency on Friday last following intelligence reports that bin Laden was heading towards Pakistani border districts.

The troops, along with the Frontier Corps and Khyber Khasadar Force, are expected to take position on the Durand Line on Monday.

As the United States-led forces were tightening their noose around Al Qaeda fighters, the possibility of its leader, Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden, and others moving towards Pakistan could not be ruled out, the military sources said.

The troops had been moved to plug in holes on the porous border, they told the media in Islamabad.

"The ground troops are adequately supported by helicopter surveillance along the border," they said adding the surveillance continued for the entire day along the border close to Chaman on Sunday.

Ground troops were also monitoring the border along the North West Frontier Province and tribal areas round-the-clock.

PTI

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