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Army officers at polling stations will be given magisterial powers: ECP

RAWALPINDI: Each designated officer in-charge of armed forces deployed for security at polling stations shall exercise power of magistrate first class, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Tuesday through a notification to this effect. The notification said deployment of the armed forces shall be made for provision of secure environment in conduct of election in free, fair, and transparent manner. "Military troops will be deployed inside and outside all the polling stations from July 23 to 27," it…

Seven dead as Afghan army helicopter ‘shot down by Taliban’

KABUL: An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, the defence ministry said, citing technical failure.  But the Taliban claimed they shot down the M-17 helicopter in Baghlan province, as the insurgents step up attacks on government forces. "Around 4am, two M-17 helicopters were supplying a base in Qorghan Tepa of Baghlan, and one of them caught fire due to technical failure and crashed," the defence ministry said in a statement. "Four crew members and three army…

Iraq PM sacks 36 army officers in anti-corruption drive

His office said that Abadi, who also serves as armed forces commander in chief, and has already sacked a number of senior army officers, dismissed 26 military commanders and sent 10 into retirement. It did not specify if the officers were in combat units or held administrative posts. Abadi also named 18 commanders of new defence ministry posts, his office said, as part of efforts to "reinforce the military along professional lines and fight all forms of corruption". Defence Minister Khaled al-Obaidi vowed last month to…