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Army deployment in Islamabad extended for 90 days

Govt approves army deployment in sensitive areas during Muharram

ISLAMABAD:   Deployment of the Pakistan Army in the federal capital has on Wednesday been extended by 90 days, TheNewsTribe.com reported.

An official notification in the matter has been issued by the district administration.

At least 350 Army soldiers have been deployed in Islamabad for security purposes.

The administration had written a letter to Lecta urging for extension in stay after the period expired. Extension was sought for security reasons including Muharram processions.

The soldiers will remain standby and alert to counter any ill-activity.

The development has also come in regard to Interior Ministry’s decision of handing over security maintenance to army during Muharram. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan chaired a meeting earlier to review security situation and take a decision in the matter.

According to the ministry, at least 12,000 army personnel will be deployed across the country.

The army will take care of highly-sensitive areas in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Gujranwala, Jhang, Chakwal, Dera Ismail (DI) Khan, Kohat, Hangu, Bannu and Quetta.