QUETTA - Pakistan Army has arrived in all the districts of Balochistan and will take action to ensure a peaceful polling if needed.

According to ISPR, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was given a briefing on the matters of the elections in Balochistan as he arrived in Quetta for a short visit. The COAS issued necessary instructions to ensure holding of the elections peacefully.

In Balochistan, 7,000 soldiers and 50,000 other security personnel have been deployed. The supply of ballot papers has also been completed. The armed troops have started joint patrolling while Quick Response Force has been provided with helicopters.

Agencies add: Briefing the media in Quetta about security measures for the upcoming polls, ISPR DG Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said ballot papers were provided in all districts of Balochistan and that the Army had been deployed to guard them. Bajwa said the Army provided ballot papers to 53 constituencies through helicopters in Balochistan.

The ISPR DG stated that Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has presided over a high level security meeting to review security arrangements for the elections.

He said Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Alam Khattak, Inspector General Frontier Corps, Major General Obaidullah Khan and officials of secret services attended the meeting.

He said Army and civilian forces will conduct joint patrolling to ensure order during the elections. He said electoral candidates were being provided levies and policemen for their security.