Pakistan starts deployment of 70,000 security personnel for election duty in Balochistan

Pakistan army

QUETTA: Balochistan government on Monday started deployment of 70,000 security forces in all districts of the province to perform duties during the upcoming general elections, SAMAA reported.

The contingents of Pakistan Army, Frontier Constabulary, Balochistan Constabulary, Levies forces and police were dispatched to different areas of Balochistan from Quetta today 1 May 2013.

Balochistan Interior Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said that the army would be deployed in all 30 districts and 92 tehsils of the province to cope up with any untoward situation.

He said a total of 70 thousand security personnel would be deployed, including 6000 army men, 17000 FC soldiers, 20,000 policemen, 17,000 Levies personnel and 10,000 men of the Balochistan Constabulary.

He said the districts of Balochistan had been divided into three categories, keeping in view their magnitude of sensitivity.

He said that the army would secure the process of shipment of ballot papers to and from polling stations, and would provide security to the election staff.

He said action would be taken against those teachers who have refused to perform duties on the election day.

Source : SAMAA

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