Altaf Hamid Rao.
Army may also be deployed at the PSc if required to maintain peace,
MIRPUR (AJK) , (Parliament Times) : The civil armed forces troops of Frontier Constabulary (FC), Punjab Constabulary (PC) and Rangers have started landing in Azad Jammu Kashmir for the sake of assisting the local law-enforcement institutions of the civil administration to maintain peace and order on and before the polling day of the scheduled July 25 general elections in Azad Jammu Kashmir.
In the wake of the move, the armed Frontier Constabulary troops landed Mirpur on Saturday to assist the civil administration for maintaining peace and order during the elections.
Member Azad Jammu Kashmir Election Commissioner Farhat Ali Mir told our special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao here on Saturday that the services of the civil armed troops of the Frontier Constabulary (FC), Rangers and PC (Punjab Constabulary) were acquired in entire Azad Jammu Kashmir in the wake of the fool proof arrangements for holding of the scheduled general elections to 53-seat Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly in absolutely free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.
At least 40000 security personnel of the above civil armed troops will be posted in Azad Jammu and Kashmir State to ensure complete peace and order during the electoral process.
“The services of at least 19000 Pak Army troops are also being attained to assist the civil armed forces troops besides the local civil law enforcement authorities to maintain peace and order during the scheduled elections to the AJK legislature Assembly”, Mir said.
To a question, Farhat Ali Mir said that the Pak Army troops would not be directly posted at the polling stations during the polling. “Rather their services would be acquired only in case of any eventuality, law and order situation at the polling stations to assist the civil armed forces local police in restoring and maintaining peace and order, he elaborated.
Member AJK Election Commissioner underlined that the services of 4000 personnel from Frontier Constabulary (FC), 2000 from Pakistan Rangers, 19000 from Pakistan Army, 4000 from KPK police, 6000 from Punjab police, 1000 from Federal police and 4000 security individuals from Punjab Constabulary were being acquired to assistant the local law enforcement agencies to maintain peace and order during the polls.
“Besides the local police force, the KPK police, Punjab police and the Federal police will perform to maintain peace during entire election process”, Farhat Ali Mir said adding that Pakistan Rangers troops will be deployed instantly at extremely sensitive polling stations.
“ The Pakistan Army Troops will be at the ‘stand-by position’, to take care of any unwanted chaotic situation at the polling stations or at any other public place”, Mir concluded while referring to the security plan to maintain peace and order for holding of free, fair and transparent elections.