Pakistan, Islamabad News – As many as 41 polling stations in Islamabad have been declared sensitive because of the prevailing security concerns and frictions among the contesting political parties.
According to a senior official in the Ministry of Interior, there are 550 polling stations in Islamabad’s NA-48 and NA-49.
“We have 262 polling stations in the urban Islamabad within the jurisdiction of the Capital Development Authority and 288 in the rural area that comes under the limits of the capital territory administration,” the official told Dawn refusing to share his name.
He said 38 of the polling stations in NA-49 had been placed in the A category (highly sensitive). “Only three polling stations in NA-48 are of a critical nature while the rest are in the C (normal) category.”
An official of the police special branch said the polling stations declared sensitive by the Ministry of Interior in NA-49 were located close to Rawat, Sohan, Sihala and Koral.”
“We had seen scuffles and fights during the 2008 elections in these polling stations,” said the official. “The polling stations in NA-48 are the ones located in Golra and close to Fatehjhang,” he added.
The special branch official said NA-49 had a lot of rivals mainly because of tough competition between the PPP and the PML-N. In Golra, three polling stations may see more trouble specifically because of political turf between the PPP and the PML-N.