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​Afghanistan Asks Pakistan For Security Help With Vote

Afghan women queue outside a school to vote in presidential elections in the northwestern city of Herat on April 5, 2014.
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

Afghan officials have asked neighboring Pakistan to help provide security during the second round of the country's presidential election in June.

Security cooperation was on the agenda of a trilateral meeting in Kabul between the Afghan Army Chief of Staff Sher Muhammad Karimi and his Pakistani counterpart, Raheel Sharif, as well as representatives from the NATO-led international forces.

During the meeting on May 19, Afghan officials urged Pakistan to cooperate in strengthening security in border areas between the two countries.

Afghanistan also asked Islamabad to stop firing missiles from Pakistani soil onto Afghan territory.

Kabul has long accused Pakistan of backing militants who launch attacks inside Afghanistan. Pakistan denies the claim.