The government has decided to use the army and civil armed forces to help with the upcoming general election on February 8. The troops will be stationed in important areas and polling stations to ensure the elections are fair and peaceful. They will also be ready to respond quickly if needed.
The decision was made during a meeting led by caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar. The Prime Minister’s Office stated that the troops will focus on sensitive constituencies and play a role as a rapid response force. The deployment was unanimously approved by the federal cabinet based on the Ministry of Interior’s recommendation.
During the meeting, the interim prime minister praised the Caretaker Finance Minister Dr. Shamshad Akhtar for improving tax revenue and the tax-GDP ratio. The government supports proposals for reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). An inter-ministerial committee, supervised by the finance minister, will be established to work on FBR reforms.
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The cabinet also approved the formation of a search committee for appointing the vice chancellor of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University in Islamabad, based on the Ministry of National Health’s recommendation. Decisions from a previous Economic Coordination Committee meeting were also endorsed.
Given the concerns about security due to recent incidents, the Election Commission of Pakistan had requested 277,000 army personnel to ensure safety during the elections. Despite security worries, political parties are continuing their election campaigns. Some politicians have expressed concerns about the law and order situation, even seeking a delay in the polls.
In response to the security challenges, the caretaker PM formed a high-level committee to oversee election security. The Pakistan Army has pledged to provide necessary assistance for the upcoming elections. Army soldiers, along with Rangers and Frontier Constabulary personnel, will be involved in election duties, as approved by the caretaker federal cabinet.”