ISLAMABAD: As heavy rains and flash floods continue to wreak havoc in the country and especially in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the federal government has approved the deployment of the military in all four provinces to help local authorities cope with floods.
The federal cabinet approved the deployment of troops to the affected districts through a circulation summary. The summary of deploying the army under Article 245 of the Constitution was approved.
The army will be sent to the affected districts of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab, the home department of all provincial governments has been informed.
Under Article 245 the armed forces are required to “act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so.”
With heavy rains continuing to batter parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), flash floods damaged houses and crops, blocked roads and caused power outages in Swat with several people to leave their houses due to the damage caused by the floodwater.