ECP requests 350,000 troops for security of Pakistan printing presses

In this file photo, a Pakistani soldier watches a voter cast her ballot during the country's by-election in several constituencies, in Peshawar on Aug. 22, 2013. (A. MAJEED/AFP)
Updated 25 June 2018

ECP requests 350,000 troops for security of Pakistan printing presses

  • The Ministry of Defense confirmed to Arab News on June 21 the deployment of 350,000 troops as requested by the electoral body
  • Two security officials can be stationed inside and two outside 85,000 polling stations for election duty

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday has requested the deployment of army troops at the three printing presses where ballot papers for the forthcoming 2018 general elections are to be printed.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed to Arab News on June 21 the deployment of 350,000 troops as requested by the electoral body. The army is set to take over security of the Printing Corporation of Pakistan on Wednesday (June 27).
The military personnel will then take up election duties four days before the election.
According to local media, printing presses in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad will all be secured by the armed forces. The distribution of ballot papers is also to be conducted under army supervision.
While the army has previously been given the duty of securing the general elections, the number of troops requested now is unprecedented.
Two security officials can now be stationed inside and two outside some 85,000 polling stations.


Pakistani online marketplace raises $6.5 mln seed round, second largest in MENA

Updated 19 January 2021

Pakistani online marketplace raises $6.5 mln seed round, second largest in MENA

  • The round was co-led by Global Founders Capital and Indus Valley Capital
  • Saudi’s Derayah Ventures has also invested in Bazaar which connects retailers to wholesalers and manufacturers

ISLAMABAD: Bazaar, a Pakistani online marketplace that connects retailers directly to wholesalers and manufacturers, has raised a $6.5 million seed round, the second largest ever in the Middle East and North Africa region and the largest in Pakistan, one of the venture capital firms that invested in the project said on Tuesday. 
Last year, Bazaar raised $1.3 million in Pakistan’s largest ever pre-seed round. Co-founded by Saad Jangda and Hamza Jawaid in April 2020, Bazaar started a closed pilot in Karachi during extreme lockdown conditions because of the coronavirus pandemic when shorter working hours created major supply chain problems for retailers. 
“Congrats to @joinbazaar on raising a $6.5M seed round, the second largest ever in MENA and largest in Pakistan, co-led by @Global_Founders founder and @indusvalleycap,” Aatif Awan, the founder of Indus Valley Capital, said on Twitter. “Couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with them as they revolutionize the $150B retail industry in Pakistan.”


“Magic happens when smart ambitious founders take on huge markets. In just 8 months, Bazaar has built an incredible team and product, serving more than 10 thousand retailers every month.”
Awan, former VP of growth at LinkedIn, said when his firm first invested in Bazaar in May last year, they set ambitious targets for 2020. “They went on to crush those goals by 10x!” he added. 
He said it was exciting that so many investors had invested in Pakistan for the first time through the Bazaar deal, including early-stage VC S7V, Singapore-based Wavemaker Partners, Saudi Arabia’s Derayah Ventures and US-based NextBillion Ventures. 

“Bringing the fragmented B2B retail market online is one of the biggest startup opportunities in Pakistan. I have tracked it for over a year and have been waiting to back the right team to go after it,” Awan said in an interview last year. “Bazaar’s founding team is phenomenal on all fronts – product, strategy and execution. Indus Valley Capital is really excited to partner with them.”