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Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani conveyed to President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday the military’s concerns over the rapidly deteriorating law and order and called for urgent steps to deal with the situation.

Soon after a corps commanders’ conference, where the military’s top brass reviewed the internal security situation, the army chief met President Zardari to communicate the disquiet among his commanders about the security situation spiralling out of control.

No details of the meeting were officially revealed either by the army or the presidency.

A one-line statement on the meeting issued by the presidency said: “Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani today called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-i-Sadr. Security situation was discussed during the meeting.”

A day earlier, the army chief had visited Karachi for a briefing on the situation in the city where sectarianism has added a new dimension to continuing violence.

Sources in the presidency said the discussion revolved around recent incidents in Quetta and Karachi and an operation against the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.

They claimed that Gen Kayani had spoken about improper and inefficient utilisation of civilian law-enforcement agencies by the federal and provincial governments in dealing with terrorism.

Gen Kayani has in the past publicly expressed concerns over the poor performance of law-enforcement agencies.

He also pointed out the existence of militant wings of certain political parties and connections of some parties with terrorist groups as a major contributing factor to the wave of violence that has gripped the country.

Gen Kayani is said to have reiterated the army’s commitment to fully supporting the civilian law-enforcement agencies if asked by the government.

With elections round the corner, the PPP government is reluctant to give the army any major role in internal security affairs as witnessed after the Kirani Market (Quetta) bombing last month in which about 100 people were killed.

While chairing the 158th corps commanders’ conference at the General Headquarters, Gen Kayani received a special briefing on the law and order situation in Karachi and Quetta.

“Apart from professional military matters, the meeting undertook a comprehensive review of internal and external security environment of the country,” the ISPR said in a statement.

The peace process in Afghanistan and a truce offer by the Tehrik-i-Taliban also came under discussion.

The board for promotion of brigadiers to the rank of major general will meet on Friday.

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Khan Baba Mar 08, 2013 03:19am
Is it the sign of yet another "Army Rule"?
Ali Mar 09, 2013 12:59am
Honourable General was so desperate to issue a statement to support corrupt Aslam Beg but he does nt have time to say few words of li service to sympathise with poor people on death of their loved ones. What a shame but for thse who can feel it
M. Sajid Mar 08, 2013 06:13am
They are knocking at the door and rightly so. If as a matter of last resort, they decide to intervene then it must be made 100% sure that all the rotten eggs including militant wings of political parties and so called Islamic fundamentalists are sent directly to heaven to meet their fate. In nut-shell country then needs to be cleansed from all bastards who are responsible to bring the country to the present situation
Ekone Mar 08, 2013 02:58pm
army is as clueless as politician
Silajit Mar 08, 2013 07:55pm
After causing the problem in the first place.
ali wadood Mar 08, 2013 05:48am
In the Quran there is a prayer (Duha) of prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) in which Ibrahim (PBUH) asks Allah to make his country a peaceful place, I guess I can pray to make Pakistan a peaceful country, and this pray includes the whole world to be a peaceful place. After this he (PBUH) asks for fruit for the people and Allah promises Him (PBUH) that those who are evil will only get the biunties for a little while and then will be punished. let us pray for peace.
Usman Mar 08, 2013 06:51am
Always great work by our Army... :)
Amjad Wyne Mar 08, 2013 07:36pm
Gen Kiyani is not incharge of the security situation inside Pakistan - It is the responsibility of the civilian government, political administration and the police. An army chief can only express concern although that is also outside the scope of his responsibilities.
mirza Mar 08, 2013 05:31am
hey its time that the Pakistan army is getting out its deep sleep, lets see if its true or just day dreaming by the people that the army has waken
Nazir K Ali Mar 08, 2013 05:34am
If the PPP congratulates itself for completing a term of five democratic years full of incompetence, corruption and terrorism, then the Supreme Court and the Army deserve a bigger felicitation for allowing the rule of law to blossom. This is an even bigger achievement for the citizens who have withstood the worst of inflation, power shortages, supply line shortages of commodities, terrorism in various forms, joblessness and death, damnation and destruction. The second time around if the new government resorts to the same reprehensible behavior, then a profound thought needs to be given a second chance whether 'democracy is in fact the best polity?' Salams
J. Siddiqui Mar 08, 2013 04:40am
Concern is not enough. Gen. Kayani needs to play a more active role in safeguarding the lives of innocent people in Karachi.
himidik Mar 08, 2013 04:38am
no comments........
Rida Mar 08, 2013 04:35am
The only actionable part of the meeting was: "The board for promotion of brigadiers to the rank of major general will meet on Friday."
bilal Mar 08, 2013 11:28am
the only way things can/will get better is if the army takes over and topples the government...we need someone like musharraf...hope he comes into power !!!
sikander Mar 08, 2013 03:45am
Why Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kyani wakes up so late. He should address to the public openly and make sure he takes concrete steps to control security situations spiraling out of control. Stop expressing concerns and do more by leaping few miles forward.
Adnan Mar 08, 2013 06:43am
LOL seriously ? Army still expecting something from current leadership!? oh cmon!
aditya Mar 08, 2013 10:40pm
here is what blows my mind..EVEYONE knows this stuff..for YEARS,,where they r, who they r, who protects em etc etc..for YEARSSSSS..and no 1 does anythin..failed state
danial tariq Mar 08, 2013 03:02am
So finally army coming into field...I hope it turns security better...
JAVAID KHAN Mar 08, 2013 02:52am
So little and so late!
gangadin Mar 09, 2013 12:10am
Since when has domestic law and order situation become the concern of the army? This is a police matter.
ashwath (@ash7k) Mar 08, 2013 06:14pm
A coup d'etat by Kayani seems eminent now.
ejaz Mar 08, 2013 05:23pm
martial law might not be the solution but army needs to do something to clean up this filth from politic,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,well done army
Nadeem Mar 08, 2013 02:07am
What other evidence you are waiting for Sir ? its time you step in and take control.
kam Mar 08, 2013 09:43pm
We need Marsha Law. Then ALL corrupt politicians should be executed. We NEED mass executions. Or hand over the country to China for 50 year reconstruction period.
G.A. Mar 08, 2013 01:50am
Better not be Martial Law. We all know who know who is responsible for all the mess Pakistan is in in the first place and for creating these religious monsters!
kam Mar 08, 2013 09:41pm
Dont you think we now need it?? Or would you first wait till its your family members who get their back side blown up?
kam Mar 08, 2013 09:40pm
How.? with Marshal Law? Why then did you silly pakistani people turf out Gen Musharaff?
kam Mar 08, 2013 09:38pm
How? Its not the army's job to play the role of the police. If they are to be asked to come in aid of civillian set up then we should disband such a useless, incompetent, negligent, and corrupt set up. Those who bark on about democracy should let the people of pakistan decide if they want democracy or military government. Why not hold a referendem to that end.???
K.Rashid Mar 08, 2013 04:12pm
The foremost responsibility of any government is to look after the welfare of its citizens and provide them with a safe environment to live in, provide them jobs and ensure the economy will flourish. I do not take any pride in the fact that the govt was able to complete five years since in these five years, the country is in a mess and people now openly question the viability of the State under such poor governance. More of the same is not ACCEPTABLE. Forget it, the country is in deep trouble. I was deeply troubled that militant gangs are now in cahoots with political parties. Do the political parties have no wisdom, no vision, no love for the country IN WHICH THEY THRIVE IN?? OK , go and mess up the country all you want to. We will read about Pakistan then just as we read about a great moslem civilization in Spain hundreds of years ago!!! That responsibility of that outcome will rest on the govt's failure to manage competently, failure to govern , engage in corruption and support intolerant religious & myopic religious zealots by political parties and lastly - the military , looked upon as a measure of last resort, not up to the task of providing security for its citizens
G.A. Mar 08, 2013 07:21pm
I cannot believe people are still asking for dictators knowing full well the mess they have created. These same people will call for democracy once another dictator has shown his incompetence. In no country has a general ever succeeded in running a government. Especially when he has a hard time protecting the borders and military bases as it is.
Ajay Mar 08, 2013 12:40pm
wat i think president shld convey his displeasure abt the security situation to the army chief and not vice-versa
Sami Mar 09, 2013 01:16am
The primary duty of the Armed Forces is to defend the boundaries of the country from any threat from the enemy. Pakistan Army is already fighting at many Western sectors while the situation on the eastern border is also not satisfactory. Army's interference in the internal matters may be suicidal. Army has to perform its primary duty first.
Kausik Mar 09, 2013 04:53am
Once again pakistan's armed forces showing scant respect to elected president grabbing headlines shows they may enforce martial law on these allegations this is nothing new to Pakistan.
An Observer Mar 09, 2013 04:56am
Indusonian Mar 09, 2013 06:05am
Pakistan is going through exactly what is planned for her by foreign powers via contingents of Mir Jaffers and Mir Sadiqs. I don't think there is going to be elections, rather I see another Syria, Iraq and Lebanon very soon.
Naved Mar 09, 2013 07:15am
What they will guard, when (God forbid) there would be nothing to guard within the country. Please correct your understanding about the army role.
Nighat Mar 09, 2013 07:57am
As our elected government is incapable of providing its citizens basic needs for security and law and order, the situation creates a demand for a new institution controlled directly by the citizens; allowing army and civil governments advisory participation. This independent civilian organisation dedicated solely to security of its citizens and law and order in Pakistan has to be financed by our taxation system.
Madhu Mar 09, 2013 10:06am
In a nation where people dream of Ghazwa-e-Hind, Muslim Umma, arabic culture, dictators do come and rule the country. Add to that now they have started learning chinese..
Umar Mar 09, 2013 03:07pm
And what name would you give to this proposed institution ?
G.A. Mar 09, 2013 03:39pm
I would have taken these generals' statements with a little more than a pinch of salt if they weren't living in mansions and running bakeries, cornflakes factories, airlines and banks. They are no different then likes of Zardari. Where politicians use tricks, generals use sticks.
Nighat Mar 09, 2013 05:18pm
How about 'the Vigilantes'? Perhaps people have better suggestions; what is of higher importance is a structure supporting the common man's, not politicians security with taxpayer's money. Asma Jehangir the Human Rights activist would surely be able to get a legal status for this institution in Pakistan