The president of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon ordered mobilization of 20,000 reservists to tighten security in border with Afghanistan after over one thousand Afghan government troops fled into the country, Reuters reported.

Security in northern provinces of Kunduz and Badakhshan bordering Tajikistan deteriorated ever than before.

Tajikistan border guard services confirm that 1,037 Afghan security force members have so far crossed the borders from Afghanistan as Taliban captured up to six districts in Badakhshan province bordering Tajikistan and China.

Emomali Rahmon has also discussed the issue of insecurity escalated in northern Afghanistan in separate calls with the presidents of Russia Viladmir Putin and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

Statement released by Russia reads that Viladmir Putin has assured his Tajikistani counterpart of his support in case security deteriorates further in areas adjacent to Tajikistan.

In a telephone call between the presidents of Afghanistan and Tajikistan carried out on Sunday, president Ashraf Ghani had thanked Emomali Rahmon for his goodwill and letting in Afghan families. The earlier had assured the latter to address the problem of insecurity in Badakhshan province and flow of refugees.

Government of Tajikistan has not yet clarified to whether or not allow more Afghan government force members and civilians cross the border.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.