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3,000 FC troops are summoned to guard the capital

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Interior Ministry on Monday called approximately 3,000 additional troops from the Frontier Constabulary (FC) to deal with the upcoming march of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) towards the federal capital.

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The sources told that a notification was issued after approval of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

The FC is under the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry.

Moreover, Pakistan Army’s 111 Brigade commandos, Rangers, elite force and thousands of intelligence agencies’ personnel would also guard Islamabad.

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Earlier, the federal interior minister had announce the government’s verdict to call in the military under Article 245 of the Constitution to assist the civil administration in maintaining law and order of Islamabad form August 1 for a period of three months.

Leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and many analysts view the timing of the imposition of Article 245 in the capital as a bid to set the army in place for the August 14 march in Islamabad.

Nisar had also said that the decision to call for army’s assistance in maintaining the law and order situation had been taken before the initiation of the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation in North Waziristan.

Furthermore, the chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Dr Tahir ul Qadri, had also announced that his ‘Inqilab’ march would move cheek by jowl with PTI’s ‘Azadi’ march.

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