Army willing to act if called upon: Kayani

The army chief said that there are constitutional ways to ask for the army's help.


Web Desk March 08, 2013
The president and army chief held a meeting on Friday. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani briefed President Asif Ali Zardari on the law and order situation of the country in a meeting on Friday, reported Express News.

Kayani in his briefing to the President on Friday told him about the information received during Thursday's corp commander’s meeting.

The meeting had reviewed the violent situation in Karachi.

Intelligence reports in this regard were also reviewed.

According Express News Islamabad bureau chief Amir Ilyas Rana, Gen Kayani said that the army is willing to do whatever is required, such as the 2009 operation in Swat, to achieve stability in the currently troubled provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.

The army chief said that there are constitutional ways to ask for the army's help, but the decision of holding a cleanup operation needs to be ordered by either the provincial government or the federal government.

Immediately afterwards, a meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party leadership was called by Zardari. Soon after the President boarded a plane for Karachi.

Violence in Karachi has spiraled with two deadly bomb blasts in Abbas Town as the most recent terrorist attack. Rangers have been deployed in various parts of Karachi such as Lyari, Mangho Pir, Sarjani Town and Sorabh Goth to conduct operations and arrest miscreants.

The Chief Justice had taken sou moto notice of the law and order situation in Karachi as well the recent Abbas Town twin-blasts.

The chief justice had told the DG Rangers that the law was with them, and that they should do everything in their power to ensure peace and security for the citizens.

COMMENTS (18)

Observer | 8 years ago | Reply

"...The decision of holding a cleanup operation needs to be ordered by either the provincial government or the federal government."

Funny business...the establishment does not need any constitutional sanction while executing their messy plans (deep state...non state actors et al..) but when it comes to cleaning up its own mess it will not move without every democratic institution in the country requesting it to do so!

Asif Butt | 8 years ago | Reply

@indian:

Good one man ! :)

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