Army withdraws from providing security for Punjab and KP elections

Canada Global (Web News) Army would not be accessible for election duty due to the prevailing security situation in the nation and on the borders, the Ministry of Defence informed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan directed the ECP to hold elections in both Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and those polls are about to take place. On April 30, KP will hold elections, and KP will hold elections on May 28.

Sikandar Sultan Raja, the election chief, reportedly conducted three crucial meetings in relation to staging the polls, according to a news statement from the election monitor.

At the third meeting, Lt Gen (retd) Hamood Uz Zaman Khan, the defence secretary, and Maj Gen Khurram Sarfraz Khan, the additional secretary, informed the ECP that the army was not prepared to deploy for provincial elections.

The defence secretaries continued by adding that the economy of the nation has an effect on the army and that it would be up to the government to call the military in for “secondary duties” like elections before concluding their statement.

The army can be deployed in quick reaction force mode for election duty, but it is not possible to carry out duty in static mode, according to the press statement.

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