Army chief calls on caretaker PM ahead of 2018 polls

  • According to ECP, army troops will be deployed in and outside all the nearly 85,000 polling stations during July 25 polls
Elections 2018

ISLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad on Monday in second meeting since the latter assumed office earlier this month.

No details of the meeting have been provided to the media so far, but it is believed that the two discussed the overall security arrangements for the upcoming polls and recent clashes on the border with Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza had announced that army troops will be deployed in and outside all the nearly 85,000 polling stations being established for the upcoming poll while security cameras will be installed at over 20,000 sensitive polling stations.

On Monday, interim PM Mulk chaired a meeting to review the arrangements for the July 25 elections with interim chief ministers of all four provinces in attendance.

According to a statement issued by the PM Office, he received a comprehensive briefing on the preparations and arrangements being made for smooth conduct of general elections 2018.

The briefing held at the PM Office was attended by Interior Minister Muhammad Azam Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Hasan Askari Rizvi, Sindh Chief Minister Fazal-ur-Rehman, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Justice (R) Dost Muhammad Khan, Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri, Secretary to Prime Minister Suhail Aamir, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, federal secretaries of finance, interior and defence divisions, chief secretaries and IGs of the four provinces, ICT administration and other senior government officials.