ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said that army personnel would be deployed for security purposes besides ensuring free and fair forthcoming elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
“Transparency and fairness of elections in AJK is extremely important in view of sham elections across Line of Control (LoC) and we are trying to ensure fair elections upon which no one can raise a finger,” he told a newsmen after inaugurating NADRA Mega Centre in Islamabad.
The Pakistan Army, despite other commitments such as fear of floods, has committed to provide troops for the purpose while Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also been asked to contribute forces, said Nisar. He later added that a total of 22,000 personnel would be deputed for elections in AJK by 18th or 19th of this month.
Replying to a question, the minister said, “Rangers in Karachi are mandated to tackle terrorism, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and target killings and there has been a significant reduction in these crimes in the city.”
Nisar also mentioned that there has been much progress in one of the two recent incidents of killing of Amjad Sabri and kidnapping of son of Chief Justice of Sindh High Court. The minister, while replying to another question, said that those who were raising hue and cry over corruption are also involved in purchasing properties abroad.
“Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto are the only leaders of political parties who have not yet declared their assets and Zardari remained in power for five years but did not declare his assets,” he said.
The minister demanded that Bilawal should also explain the source from where the money came to buy three palaces in Dubai and other properties in different countries and added that Bilawal should also ask the same from his father.
NADRA would formally start sending SMS to family heads after Eid holidays to confirm their family trees and that the authority has received 200,000 SMS from citizens, while 5,000 citizens have pointed out intrusion in their trees, he said and added that of the total, 950 have been confirmed fake or aliens.