70‚000 Pak Army troops to be deployed for elections security: DG ISPR

70‚000 Pak Army troops to be deployed for elections security: DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI, (SANA): Director General Inter-Services-Public-Relations Major General Asim Salim Bajwa said on Thursday that Army deployment in Balochistan will be completed soonwhile deployment in KPK is currently underway.

While briefing the media Asim Bajwa said that army deployment in Punjab and Sindh will begin from today (Friday) while in FATA army is already present, adding that deployment process for maintaining law and order during elections will be completed by May 5.

Major General Bajwa said that the army is providing security cover during the whole process of printing of ballot papers to distribution.

He said that 50 helicopters will take part in the distribution process of ballot papers. Bajwa said that in case of need at any polling station a quick response unit of the army will be available.

He said that army’s deployment throughout the country is being carried out under article 245 of the constitution. Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the deployment of army personnel for the upcoming general election was underway.

According to Bajwa, 70,000 army soldiers will be deployed throughout the country during the election and 50 army helicopters will also be in use. The helicopters will primarily be used in Balochistan and far flung areas of the country.

The military spokesman added that staff from the Election Commission of Pakistan will be present along with the army during the distribution of ballot papers.

He said Armed Forces have been called upon to act in aid of the civil power under Article-245 of the Constitution.

The Director General ISPR said responsibilities assigned to the Army include provision of security for printing presses where ballot papers are being printed; safe transportation of ballot papers and election material to Returning Officers and Polling Stations and maintenance of law and order.

He said printing of ballot papers is underway since 19th of last month and troops are guarding premises of the printing presses concerned.

Replying to a question the Major General Asim Bajwa said police and para-military forces would guard polling stations on the polling day while Quick Response Force of Pakistan Army would remain on standby for assistance.

He said a comprehensive security plan is in place and arrangements have also been made for deployment heli-borne units of Quick Response Force to respond to any eventuality.

The Director General said 50 helicopters would also be used for election related duties and surveillance purposes. Asked about security arrangements in FATA‚ he said troops are already there and plans have been finalized to ensure security on election day. He urged media to cooperate in sharing of sensitive information‚ if any‚ for prompt action by the authorities.

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