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Pakistan

‘In aid of civil power’: Pakistan Army deployed in Islamabad, Punjab and KP

  • Move comes to maintain law and order situation across province 'in aid of civil power'
Published May 10, 2023

The Ministry of Interior authorised the deployment of Pakistan Army in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad after the respective setups asked for troops in a bid to maintain law-and-order.

“Pursuant to the request made by Home Department, government of the Punjab … the Federal Government, in exercise of the powers conferred under Article 245 of the Constitutions and Section 4 (3) (ii) of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (to discharge such functions as specified in the said act), is pleased to authorize deployment of Pakistan Army troops/assets for maintaining law and order situation across the Punjab province in aid of civil power,” stated the Ministry of Interior in its order, available with Business Recorder, dated May 10, 2023.

“The exact numbers of troops/assets, date and area of deployment will be worked out by the Provincial Government in consultation with MO Dte, GHQ. The date of de-requisitioning of said deployment will be decided subsequently after mutual consultation among both the stakeholders.”

The government had already imposed Section 144 in the province on Tuesday.

KP also seeks deployment of troops

Subsequently, the government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) also requested troops in the province to maintain the law and order situation. The provincial government sent a summary to the Ministry of Interior in this regard.

In response, the ministry also notified the deployment of troops in the province.

It was later learnt that to address the deteriorating law and order situation, army was also deployed in the federal capital Islamabad.

The development comes after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday arrested Imran in the Al-Qadir Trust case. Subsequently, PTI workers and supporters resorted to protest, roadblocks, violence and arson. They also attacked a few national institutions.

Later, police also arrested PTI leaders Asad Umar and Ali Zaidi.

According to AFP, nearly 1,000 people have been arrested in Punjab since protests erupted.

“Police teams arrested 945 law breakers and miscreants from across the province,” officials said in a statement to media, adding 130 officers and officials were injured in the violence.

Moreover, the government blocked social media and mobile broadband to contain the unrest.

The government is in process to identify the culprits of violence in cooperation with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday that the government has no vendetta against Imran and he is not being victimised politically.

Speaking to international media, Iqbal said “Imran was arrested in a case pertaining to corruption and this is part of accountability”.

“NAB made the arrest in a legal manner but PTI workers and supporters resorted to violence and anarchy in the country,” he said, adding: “Taking a country hostage is fascism.”

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banaistan May 10, 2023 02:47pm
Lol is mulk k koi hal nahin
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KU May 10, 2023 02:57pm
Common sense gone south! The prevailing emotions and perceptions of people about the armed forces do not merit another presence to control Pakistani nationals. The steps to control mob crowds is to reason with their demand and calm their fears. Surely it cant be so easy to use the army by the government against people who know their leadership is targetted and their demand for elections, or is it?
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honest May 10, 2023 03:18pm
Oh and the same army was refusing to provide security for elections due to their "engagement" with security operations. What a farce and banana republic.
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مسز تابندہ عباس May 10, 2023 03:25pm
فوج کو پہلے ھوش کیوں نہیں آی،یہاں تک حالات کیوں پہنچے؟؟؟؟ احتجاج سب کا حق ھے،،،مگر رات سے شر پسند زیادہ شامل ھو گیے ،،،،،،،،،، اف
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Nawaz un Sharif - HeapBigShit May 10, 2023 04:42pm
Even monkeys are smarter than the goons & boots running this country.
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Doc Asad May 10, 2023 07:35pm
Suddenly army personnels are available now for security but were not sufficient for election . :)
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Parvez May 11, 2023 12:44am
....but the government loudly claimed that our troops were all occupied on our borders and elsewhere and could not be spared for elections that would take ONE DAY
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TimeToMovveOn May 11, 2023 03:41am
...is this Pakistan or Kashmir. Sorry, I am a bit confused.
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TimeToMovveOn May 11, 2023 05:11pm
Pakistan is not a normal country
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