As political tensions continue to escalate following the dramatic arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman (PTI) Imran Khan, the Punjab government is deploying army troops to control the situation on the ground.
The Ministry of Interior has approved the Punjab government’s request for assistance by sanctioning ten companies of troops, saying: “The army would be working alongside district administration to restore law, order and peace”.
According to the order issued by the Federal Ministry of Interior, stated: 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 in excise of powers conferred under article 245
of the constitution and Section 4 (3) (ii) of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, (to discharge such functions as specified as specified in the said act), is pleased to authorise the deployment of Pakistan Army troops/assets
for maintaining law and order situation across Punjab province in aid of civil power.
The exact number of troops/assets, date and area of deployment will be worked out by the provincial government in consultation with the MO Dte, GHQ.
The date of de-requisition of said deployment will be decided subsequently after mutual consultation among both the stakeholders.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details…….