KARACHI - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Tuesday stressed implementation of integrated and well-coordinated security plan to ensure peaceful elections.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj-Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, the COAS said this during a detailed briefing on the security plan for the general elections at a high-level meeting. The army chief arrived here in the port city in the morning from Quetta.

General Bajwa told media persons that the meeting was attended by the Five Corps commander, the Sindh Rangers director general, the chief secretary, the home secretary, the IGP, the chief of Intelligence Bureau in Sindh and heads of other intelligence organisations.

Gen Bajwa said that keeping in view the security concerns in Sindh, especially in Karachi, various aspects of the security plan that was prepared for the elections 2013, were discussed at the meeting. Gen Kayani urged all those associated with the security plan to work as a team to perform the task in an excellent manner. He also asked all the organisations to fully support the security plan. The ISPR director general said that under the plan 124,000 security personnel of the police and the Rangers, including 20,000 army troops, had been deployed in their assigned areas in the province.

He stated that total 49,000 security personnel, including 39,000 police and Rangers and 10,000 army troops, were deployed in Karachi. The quick reaction force is mobile and some of them will use helicopters, he added.

Bajwa said the Army was entrusted with three important responsibilities. One was the security of printing of ballot papers. Two out of the four printing presses were located in Karachi and security was being provided at those printing presses since April 19. The other task, transportation of the ballot papers, has been completed in Balochistan, is continuing in some parts of Sindh and Punjab, he said, adding the task would be completed in a couple of days.

Replying to a question, he said, as already informed by the Election Commission of Pakistan and the government, the army troops would not be within the polling stations, the army would be in the area as a quick reaction force and its deployment would be for ensuring secure environment. The deployment will be under a mechanism already decided, he added.