Army Placed On Standby In Islamabad On Election Day
February 7, 2024 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
The army has been stationed in the federal capital as part of the election security strategy and will be called upon in the event of any unexpected incident.
According to sources in the capital police and administration, the commanding officers of the Eight Baloch Regiment, 86 Field Regiment, and 17 Field Regiment stationed at Rawalpindi and Islamabad will be notified by the senior superintendent of police (SSP) Islamabad for deployment and necessary assistance, in accordance with the finalized security plan. In the event of a significant incident, the three infantry regiments will react.
Rangers will be under tier-2 security, while the capital police and Frontier Constabulary will be in tier-1. The army’s next tier, the Quick Response Force (QRF), together with platoons, will move quickly to the scene in case of emergency.
Should a sabotage attempt or act occur, the on-site crew will take the appropriate security/preventive action. When a circumstance threatens the public’s safety, the lives of people, or the property of government employees, the army will be called in for aid.
Dolphin emergency response units, Dolphin mobiles, and QRF mobiles will be on the road from February 7 to 9 to handle any emergencies. While Dolphin Mobiles will cover 17 areas, the Dolphin ERU will monitor 45 localities.
Approximately fourteen platoons, each with nineteen police officers carrying tear gas cannons and shells, were stationed at various locations.
Twelve and twenty-six of these standby platoons, each with ten members, are deployed with SDPOs and SHOs, while five such platoons, each with eighteen members, are also deployed with the IGP.
Additionally, six platoons, each with twenty soldiers, are stationed along Constitution Avenue in front of the ECP. In addition, H-9 saw the deployment of two platoons.
Additionally, 19 police pickets, each with three officers, were erected across the capital.
In the capital, around 990 polling places have been set up, 346 for NA-46, 387 for NA-47, and 257 for NA-48. Of the total, the most sensitive voting places for NA-46, NA-47, and NA-48 are 124,108, and 72, respectively, while the sensitive polling places for NA-46, NA-47, and NA-48 are 49, 59, and 27.
When supporters of opposing political parties and candidates conflict, when attempts are made to rig the election, when political activists, offices, and personnel are targeted, law enforcement will intervene.