ISLAMABAD: The government intends to deploy Article 245 of the Constitution to call the army to ensure the security of all the major cities of the country.
It is said in the briefing held on Friday night that article is called upon to mustering army to guard all the prominent public installations including airports and sensitive areas in major urban centers. According to the sources, the government has taken the move to pillow the civil administration deal with law and order situation and to handle the terrorism. In this regard, the feedback from the law and interior ministries as well as the attorney general has been sought.
The context of the concerning article is as under:
1: The Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the Federal Government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so.
2: The validity of any direction issued by the Federal Government under clause (1) shall not be called in question in any court.
3: A High Court shall not exercise any jurisdiction under Article 199 in relation to any area in which the Armed Forces of Pakistan are, for the time being, acting in aid of civil power in pursuance of Article 245:
Provided that this clause shall not be deemed to affect the jurisdiction of the High Court in respect of any proceeding pending immediately before the day on which the Armed Forces start acting in aid of civil power.
4: Any proceeding in relation to an area referred to in clause (3) instituted on or after the day the Armed Forces start acting in aid of civil power and pending in any High Court shall remain suspended for the period during which the Armed Forces are so acting.
The sources said that the civil administration is expected to call the army within the next few days. Moreover, the operation in Fata is being carried out by the army under the very article.