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Army being deployed in Punjab, KP as agitation feared to go north

Following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman (PTI) Imran Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities have also called in army soldiers to handle the situation on the ground, following the lead of the Punjab government.

The Ministry of Interior has sanctioned 10 companies of troops in response to the Punjab government’s request for aid, stating that “the army would work alongside district administration to restore law, order, and peace.”

According to the order issued by the Federal Ministry of Interior, “Pursuant to the request made by the Home Department Government of Punjab, vide their letter No.SO (IS-II)3-15/2023 (Security) (1) Dated 9 May 2023, the federal government is pleased to authorize the deployment of Pakistan Army troops in the exercise of powers conferred under Article 245 of the constitution and Section 4 (3) (ii) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, (to discharge such functions as specified

The province administration will determine the specific amount of troops/assets, date, and area of deployment in cooperation with the MO Dte, GHQ, it added.

“The date of said deployment’s de-requisition will be decided subsequently after mutual consultation between both stakeholders,” the letter stated.

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