Levies to be deployed in volatile KP districts for polls

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has issued directives to deploy Levies forces for the May 11 elections in nine volatile districts of the restive province.

The Home and Tribal Affairs Department, in the directive issued on Monday, instructed the deputy commissioners of Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Chitral, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Hangu, Karak and Torghar to coordinate the movement of the troops and their deployment with the respective district police chiefs.

According to the document, the Levis forces would also perform duties assigned to them per security plans of the DPOs in their districts for the purpose of maintenance of law and order during the general elections.

The Home Department has also directed the law enforcement agencies concerned and the Peshawar Development Authority director general to check mushrooming of illegal guest houses in the province, especially in Peshawar.

“The illegal guest houses and their occupants pose serious law and order concerns and need to be checked,” said the document.