BIRATNAGAR, March 25: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Ishwar Pokhrel, has said the army will be mobilized through a decision of a meeting of the National Security Council alone.

KATHMANDU, Mar 19: Opposition parties have taken strong exception to a draft bill that allows the prime minister to independently mobilize Nepal Army. The Bill on Work, Responsibility and Rights of the National Security Council, awaiting approval of the federal parliament, proposes added powers to the prime minister to deploy army through cabinet decision in the case of a national emergency.