The most-committed force, Pak Army personnel are ensuring enforcement measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country after being called by the civil administration under Article 245, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Saturday.
According to ISPR, “Pakistan army troops have been deployed across the country in aid of civil power under article 245”.
“Army troops are assisting Federal and Provincial administrations in ensuring enforcement measures for containment of COVID-19 with focus on Public Saftey,” it said.
The ISPR stated that all the entry points were being monitored efficiently, along with other law enforcement agencies (LEAs).
“Contact tracking, tracing to identify and isolate suspected individuals being done to ensure containment of COVID-19 spread,” the statement added.
The ISPR in the press release stated that about 182 quarantine centres had been set up across the country.
Pak Army troops deployment
“Troops have been deployed in 29 districts of Sindh. Pakistan Rangers Sindh along with Police deployed at all entry and exit points. Army troops/ Pakistan Rangers and Police Patrolling to enforce measures taken for containment of COVID-19 by the provincial government,” the ISPR said.
“Troops assisting civil administration for management of Quarantine facilities at Sukkur & Karachi Expo Centre,” it added.
“Army troops have been deployed in 34 districts of the province. Joint check posts established on entry and exit points, patrolling with police for enforcement to measures taken by Provincial Govt,” the ISPR said.
“Disinfection campaign underway of various public places including airport, train platforms, and other such public places,” the military wing’s statement added.
Troops deployed in nine districts in far flung areas including Awaran, Dukki, Chaghi, Lasbela, Kalat, Naushki, Khuzdar, Sibbi and Gawadar.
“Chaman Border [is] closed for all types of move [un]less [they contain] food items.”
“Army troops, doctors and paramedics assisting civil administration in managing Taftan Quarantine facility . An additional container based Quarantine facility for 600 individuals being established at Taftan,” the ISPR said.
A “test-based” quarantine facility with 805 tents has been established in Chaman, the ISPR said, adding that”Army field medical battalion with specialist doctors and paramedics deployed at Chaman for management of Quarantine facility. Container-based Quarantine facility for 300 individuals being established at VIllage Killi Faizu, Chaman.”
Pak Army has deployed troops in 26 districts, four border terminals, while it said that the army men were managing the inter-provincial boundary at Drazinda.
“Army troops assisting civil administration for management of Quarantine camps at Drazinda, Gomal University, DI Khan, Post Graduate Paramedic Institutes Peshawar,” the military wing stated.
“A Quarantine facility for 1500 individuals being established at Landi Kotal and Jamrud. Army troops and LEAs are ensuring isolation of 10 residential areas of confirmed cases at Peshawar, Mardan, Charsada and Bunner. Over 4000 suspected cases tracked and traced, being isolated to contain the spread of COVID-19.”
“Joint check posts on entry / exit points, joint patrolling with police and isolation of suspected localities being carried out,” the military wing’s statement read.
“Troops deployed in 26 Districts. 4 border terminals and interprovincial boundary being manned & managed at Drazinda. Army troops assisting civil administration for management of Quarantine camps at Drazinda”.
Pakistan Army has been deployed for enforcement measures in various parts of the AJK including Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur, Barnala, Muzafarabbad, Bagh, Kel and Rawalakot.
The army has deployed its troops in all 10 districts of Gilgit-Baltistan, while the Army’s helicopters “flew special sorties through Khunjerab pass for transporting and distribution of medical equipment received from China including 5 Ventilators, 2000 testing kits, 2000 medical suits, 2000 N95 Masks & 0.2 Million Face Masks on 27 March.”