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.


Appeal opens against acquittal of Briton convicted in Daniel Pearl killing

Updated 01 December 2020

Appeal opens against acquittal of Briton convicted in Daniel Pearl killing

  • Pearl’s parents and prosecutors lodged an appeal at Pakistan’s Supreme Court in May, putting the release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh on hold
  • The American journalist was abducted in Karachi in January 2002 while researching a story about Islamist militants

ISLAMABAD: An appeal against the controversial acquittal of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl opened at a Pakistani court on Tuesday.
A Karachi court sparked outrage earlier this year when it overturned the 2002 murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and acquitted three other men connected to the case.
Pearl’s parents and prosecutors lodged an appeal at Pakistan’s Supreme Court in May, putting the release of the four men on hold.
“The case has finally opened, it will be decided whether they should be convicted or acquitted. The case is heading to a final verdict,” Faisal Siddiqui, the lawyer representing Pearl’s parents, told AFP.
The appeal, which has been frequently postponed in recent months, will hear opening arguments in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday.
Sheikh had been on death row for Pearl’s murder but was acquitted in April by the Sindh High Court which instead sentenced him to seven years for kidnapping — paving the way for him to walk free after already serving 18 years.
Three co-defendants who were serving life sentences in connection to the case were acquitted.
Pearl was South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted in Karachi in January 2002 while researching a story about Islamist militants.
A graphic video showing his decapitation was delivered to the US consulate nearly a month later.
Pearl’s killing stirred international condemnation of Pakistan’s military government just as it was remaking its image after years of backing the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.