Army chief raises concerns over Karachi’s security

KARACHI: The Chief Of Army Staff General Ashfaz Pervaz Kayani raised serious security concerns over lawless situation in Karachi, during a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari at the presidency.

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.

Sources told Aaj news that, the discussion revolved around recent incidents in Quetta and Karachi and an operation against the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.

Army chief moreover advocated to begin country-wide deweaponisation with the agreement of all political parties.

Army chief 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.

During the meeting COAS informed President that the army was willing to support civilian law enforcement agencies but only at the request of government.

Following a previous statement from the military chief which stated that the army has not intervened in country’s political affairs over the past five years and will pursue the same policy in line with the provision of the Constitution.

The ruling PPP government seems reluctant to give the army any major role in internal security affairs.