ISLAMABAD: A consultant of the General Headquarters (GHQ), the headquarters of Pakistan Army, knowledgeable the Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Thursday that troops have been solely concerned in bettering the security situation.
Addressing the committee’s assembly at the moment, the military’s consultant mentioned, “We are only working to improve the security situation on the instructions of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP),” including that troops have been liable to observe the electoral body’s code of conduct.
The GHQ consultant additional mentioned that the armed forces had all the time lent help to civil establishments.
Responding to Senator Kulsoom Parveen’s query as to what number of troops might be despatched to Balochistan, the armed forces’ consultant mentioned deployment of troops might be executed as required.
“We have assessed areas for their security needs. Planning of the security arrangements should be left on us. We know how many troops are to be deployed in different areas,” they mentioned.
Stressing on complying with the ECP’s code of conduct, the military’s consultant mentioned the troops additionally need to carry out the police’s duties till the latter’s capabilities enhance.
“We took extraordinary measures when polls were held in Afghanistan. Now the Afghan president has assured the prime minister and army chief, over the phone, of cooperation,” they mentioned.
The GHQ consultant additionally clarified that there was no hindrance in communication with the electoral body.
‘Troops will work beneath presiding officers’
ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob apprised the committee that military troops is not going to work independently throughout the July 25 election.
Addressing the committee’s assembly at the moment, the ECP secretary mentioned an impression exists that the troops will work independently.
Yaqoob clarified that the military personnel deployed throughout the nation on July 25 will work beneath presiding officers. He additional acknowledged written code of conduct was in place to this impact.
The electoral body’s secretary mentioned that military personnel might be liable to tell the presiding officer and returning officer if anybody makes an attempt to fill poll packing containers, after which the prescribed methodology might be adopted.
“Troops will only aid in holding peaceful polls,” he knowledgeable the Senate’s inside committee.