Elections 2018

RAWALPINDI – Chief Of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, chaired a high-profile Corps Commanders’ Conference on Wednesday and shared the need for extra care while conducting the upcoming elections.

Terming the elections ‘national duty’, the military head directed that it should be ‘performed with utmost responsibility and without losing any focus on defence and internal security challenges in hand’.

According to a tweet shred by General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, the army chief made the remarks while chairing the 211th Corps Commanders’ Conference at General Headquarters.

“The forum reviewed geo-strategic environment and recent security and other related developments in the region,” the military’s spokesperson said.

An official statement said that adding that the forum decided to continue contributing positive efforts to carry forward the dividends of achieved domestic peace and stability beyond borders to the region.

The top army commanders also discussed the progress of ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fassad and the socio-economic development in cleared areas with a “commitment to achieving lasting peace and stability”.

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With regards to the July 25 elections, the “forum also discussed the provision of mandated assistance to Election Commission of Pakistan for free, fair and transparent conduct of General Elections 2018”.

The army has been requested by the Election Commission of Pakistan to contribute 350,000 troops to secure the polling stations as well as the printing presses, however, a final decision in this regard is awaited.