Pakistani Punjab deploys 300,000 security men for polls

Islamabad, May 8 (IANS) Nearly 300,000 security personnel, including 32,000 army men, are to be deployed for elections in Pakistan’s Punjab state, a media report said Wednesday.

The deployment decision was taken at a meeting presided over by army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Lahore, reported Geo News.

Inter Services Public Relations chief Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said the army wants peaceful elections and for that 32,000 army personnel will be on election duty in Punjab.

He said the security personnel have reached their destinations.

Kayani asked all the security stakeholders to focus on ensuring timely elections, sources were quoted as saying.

He said their aim should be to hold peaceful elections throughout the country and for this all the stakeholders should give priority to mutual coordination.

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