LAHORE -UNS: Authorities have decided to deploy military troops for the security during Sept 17 by-elections in Lahore’s NA-120 constituency.
According to our correspondent, the decision to deploy army was taken on the demand of Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – the two major opposition parties contesting the by-polls against the ruling PML-N.
For the deployment of army to avoid any untoward incident, sources said, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has written a letter to the Ministry of Defence.
ECP officials said the troops will be deployed inside and outside polling stations, adding that the security forces will perform their duties till conclusion of the vote count.
The army has also been entrusted the responsibility to oversee the printing and dispatch of ballot papers.
NA-120 fell vacant after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panamagate case on July 28 on charges of concealing his salary from a Dubai-based company, which he claims he had never received.
Former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz is the PML-N candidate who will run for the seat despite her illness.
Other major candidates are PTI’s Yasmin Rashid and PPP’s Faisal Mir.
The constituency comprises Sanda, Shamnagar, Chauburji, Islamapura, Sanatnagar, Rajgarh, Riwaz Garden, Mozang, Lake Road, Lower Mall, New Anarkali, Lytton Road, Queens Road, Hall Road, Cooper Road, Mayo Hospital, Urdu Bazaar, Bilal Gunj, Ravi Colony, Kasurpura, Khokhar Town and Mominpura