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Army takes over security in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Army took over security control of Islamabad on Friday for a period of three months.
The army has been given control of the capital’s security under Article 245 of the constitution. The military is mandated to aid civilian law-enforcement agencies in securing the capital. For the next three months the army would work in close coordination with the police, Rangers and administration to ensure foolproof security in the Islamabad. Two companies of the army have been deployed in various parts of Islamabad to secure main offices of the judiciary, Parliament House, Presidency and Prime Minister’s House, foreign missions, Foreign Office and other important installations, sources said. 
One army company was deployed at Margalla Hills and on the road that connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Islamabad. Meanwhile, three companies are on standby for any emergency, and army troops are stationed in Islamabad Sports Complex. Two companies, comprising 200 soldiers, deployed to beef up security in the federal capital will be commanded by a major and two captain-level officers, while a colonel-level officer would coordinate with Islamabad police and district administration. Rangers will patrol the all sectors, commercial areas, including Margalla Hills round the clock. 
Islamabad SSP Muhammad Ali Nekokar told Daily Times that he is unaware how the army troops would handle the capital city, as all things are being managed through the Interior Ministry.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had on Monday issued a notice to the government, seeking its response by August 6 on its decision to deploy army troops in Islamabad. IHC Chief Justice Anwar Kasi heard a petition of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association challenging the government’s decision to call in the army in the capital city and ordered the government to submit the notification it had issued in this regard, media reported.

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