Police seeks additional gas shells, other modern equipment ahead of elections


LAHORE: Following the attack on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in Narowal on Sunday and recent clashes between workers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Punjab police have demanded additional arms and vehicles from the government fearing any untoward situation during the upcoming general polls.

As per the details, the police have forwarded a summary to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and demanded extra equipment considering terror threats and chances of clashes between the activists of different political parties, which haunt the 2018 elections.

Police sources told Pakistan Today that the department has sought the provision of thousands of tear gas shells and pieces of modern equipment by the last week of June so that elections can be held peacefully across the province.

“The police have already been provided with water cannons and other arms but it is inadequate keeping in mind the sensitivity of election duty and that is why the department has requested the government to provide it with additional equipment,” sources said.

They further told this correspondent that the summary also includes the details of security arrangements at the polling stations as the police were determined to protect the people who were exercising their right to vote.