Cabinet approves using Pakistan Army in 2024 elections

Under the guidance of Interim Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar, the federal cabinet recently gathered to address vital issues related to the upcoming elections. In a unanimous decision, the cabinet approved the deployment of both the Army and Civil Armed Forces during the polls to ensure a safe and well-organized electoral process. Specifically, the Army is designated to operate as the Red Response Force in sensitive constituencies.

This choice followed the presentation of a summary by the Federal Ministry of Interior, underscoring the crucial role of military services in upholding a secure electoral environment. The endorsed summary details a significant deployment, involving 277,000 officers and personnel from the Pakistan Army, alongside Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel assigned for election duties. Together, these combined forces will act as a rapid response unit in sensitive areas during the general elections scheduled for February 8.

To enhance preparedness for a fair and transparent electoral process, the Election Commission has frozen the funds of all local government departments.

Beyond discussions related to the elections, the federal cabinet thoroughly examined a summary regarding the restructuring of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). However, a conclusive decision on FBR restructuring was postponed during the cabinet meeting. In response, the Prime Minister has proactively established a committee to further deliberate on the proposed reforms within the FBR, with the aim of improving organizational efficiency.

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