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Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed army troops to be deployed at polling stations during coming general elections to follow the code of conduct of the Election Commission of Pakistan in letter and spirit.

The COAS said the army would assist the ECP strictly within the bounds of the given mandate. He said working in synchronisation with other elements of security apparatus, the army troops would put in place all efforts to ensure secure and safe environment enabling people to freely exercise their democratic right.

Yesterday, the ECP secretary informed a Senate panel that 800,000 security personnel will be performing poll duty nationwide.

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