Federal cabinet approves army deployment during elections

Federal cabinet approves army deployment during elections


Interior Ministry recommended deployment of army as quick response force in polls

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ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - The interim federal cabinet on Tuesday approved a summary seeking the deployment of armed forces during the Feb 8 elections.

Earlier, the summary for the deployment of the army during the general elections was sent to the federal cabinet for approval.

The Interior Ministry has recommended the deployment of the army as a quick response force in the general elections. The caretaker federal cabinet approved the summary later in the day. 

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Pakistan Army troops, along with Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel, will undertake election duties following the approval of the Interior Ministry's summary by the caretaker federal cabinet.

This decision was prompted by the acute shortage of security personnel, leading the authorities to enlist the assistance of the army for the upcoming elections.

Punjab, recognised as the election battleground in the country, grapples with a deficit of 92,000 security personnel at polling stations.

In parallel, the Karachi police are confronted with a shortage of 14,300 security personnel, including women officers.