ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry of Pakistan on Saturday decided to deploy the Frontier Constabulary (FC) instead of army contingents in the second phase of the Local Government (LG) polls in Sindh.
The Sindh Government requested the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to put off Election due to insufficient security and threats from the banned organization.
ECP had stressed that it had already announced that the polling will be held according to the date announced – 15 January.
The ECP also decided to ask the Federal Ministry of Interior Affairs to provide the contingents of the army, and rangers for the security of extremely sensitive polling stations.
In an order issued by the federal interior ministry, it said the following requests from the ECP to deploy Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel outside all extremely sensitive and sensitive polling stations in Karachi Divison and Hyderabad District.
“In exercise of powers conferred under Article 220 of the Constitution, is pleased to authorize the static deployment of available sufficient strength of Frontier Constabulary to ensure smooth conduct of said elections,” read the order from the interior ministry.
In the previous development, the General Head Quarter (GHQ) as well Interior Ministry refused to deploy the army in the election due to expected border uncertainty.
However, the number of troop deployment areas and the date of deployment will be decided by the Sindh government.
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