Four Pakistan Army soldiers, on Sunday, were martyred after a vehicle of the army’s quick reaction force plunged into a ravine in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Laswa area.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a civil driver and three other soldiers suffered injuries in the unlucky incident.
The military’s media wing said the injured had been shifted to a nearby medical facility for “necessary care”.
The martyred soldiers included Subedar Liaqat Ali – a resident of Gujranwala. He has left behind a daughter and two sons. A resident of Bhimber, Sepoy Sultan Mehmood has left behind a daughter. A resident of Barnala district, Sepoy Murtaza Ahmed is survived by a son. Muhammad Zameer, a resident of Kotli, was also amongst the four martyrs.
Troops were stationed in AJK on a “Quick Reaction Force mode” from July 22 to July 26 as per Article 245 of the Constitution – ISPR, the military’s media wing had notified on Thursday.
“The Army has been asked by the AJK Election Commission to ensure a secure environment during AJK elections scheduled on July 25,” the statement issued by the ISPR read.
“The AJK police will be assisted by law enforcement agencies from other provinces and civil armed forces that includes Rangers and the FC will be employed for even and peaceful conduct of AJK elections”.
AJK Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Abdul Rashid Sulehria had announced this.
AJK chief secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan, later in a media briefing, said that 5,300 policemen from AJK,, 10,000 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, 12,000 from Punjab police, 1,000 from Islamabad police, 3,200 Rangers personnel, 400 Frontier Constabulary personnel had been ordered to maintain law and order.
The troops aided the election commission in conducting the polls and helped the government in maintaining law and order by deployment of troops in and outside of the polling stations.