KARACHI: General Sharif says, Army standing with govt

Head of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Army to supply every possible aid to restore public security in the state especially in Karachi.

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Talking during a high-level meeting, led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the army chief said that the army was standing by the regime and would provide 100 per cent assistance sought by the federal and provincial governments. He alleged the ground forces would also give its sincere recommendations to sort out problems.

“It is clear that we will go ahead,” he pronounced.

General Sharif said that he recognizes that the government was committed to arming the police and to make it more potent and capable.

This is the first time that army chief attended such a high-level meeting with civilian leaders on the issue of unrest in Karachi.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz called for improved intelligence sharing when taking action against terrorists and criminal components.

Besides Governor Dr Ishrat-UL-Ibad, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Interior Affairs Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali, heads of intelligence offices and senior military and civilian officials were present in the confluence. At the invitation of the prime minister, former president Asif Ali Zardari also attended the encounter.

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