The troops have been stationed in all districts of Gilgit-Baltistan fo peace and security purposes in the upcoming elections for the region’s Legislative Assembly.
The polls for Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly are scheduled to be taken on June 8 and the administration fears law and order situation at the polling places in the area.
Earlier in May, the administration had approached the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), urging that the body requisitions military deployment of polling stations in the region’s Gilgit and Diamer districts.
“Army troops have been requisitioned by the Election Commission of Pakistan and the civil administration,” a short statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The statement added that military personnel have been deployed across GB with the mandate of keeping law and order during the elections.
The coming elections are too fraught with concerns pertaining to pre-poll rigging. Allegations are being levelled against the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) by a number of political parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), a new entrant in GB elections.
In fact, the PTI had also demanded that GB’s Legislative Assembly elections be kept below the army’s supervision to determine the possible rigging.