Largest military deployment for Pakistan polls on Tuesday
The countrywide election marketing campaign, marred by a string of terrorist assaults, got here to an finish at midnight final night time, as political events culminated their ballot campaigns.
The Pakistan Military has mentioned it will deploy 371,388 troops at 85,000 polling stations for the July 25 election. This might be the most important deployment for any election within the nation’s historical past.
Armed troopers stood guard as election officers within the capital distributed poll containers and voting materials at polling stations throughout town.
“Deployment of troops accomplished throughout the nation,” the army mentioned in an announcement, including that the troops together with native safety companies will present “a protected and safe surroundings” for voting.
Safety forces have additionally warned that leaders of mainstream events and sure candidates face critical safety threats. This has additionally affected the standard election fervour.
Within the run as much as the election, the nation was hit by a collection of terror assaults on candidates and marketing campaign rallies, together with one which killed 151 individuals in Balochistan province on July 13.
Questions have additionally been raised concerning the function of the army after studies that it was given magisterial powers. The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) was additionally criticised for deploying the military each inside and outdoors polling stations.
Military chief Normal Qamar Bajwa has nonetheless assured that army personnel deployed for election duties would strictly adjust to the code of conduct given by the ECP.
He additionally mentioned the military will solely carry out a facilitative function within the election and that the polling course of is to stay underneath the management and authority of the ECP.
The army has dominated Pakistan by varied coups for practically half of the nation’s historical past since independence in 1947.