Kayani briefs Pak leadership on security situation

Last Updated: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 19:15

Islamabad: Pakistan`s top political
leadership was today briefed by Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez
Kayani on the security situation in the country after
suspected Taliban militants carried out a series of brazen
attacks on military and police establishments.

Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence agency chief Lt
Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha briefed the political leadership about
threats and measures being taken to counter them, at a special
meeting convened by the government to assess security issues
and chart out a course of action to combat Taliban militants.

The meeting was convened by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani soon after he returned to Pakistan last night from an
official visit to China, state-run APP news agency reported.

The meeting comes in the wake of deadly suicide attacks
and bombings targeting major cities including Rawalpindi,
Lahore and Peshawar, claiming as many as 170 lives so far this
month. Most of the attacks have been blamed on Tehrik-e-
Taliban Pakistan.

The government has decided in principle to launch a
military operation in South Waziristan, the main stronghold of
the Taliban, and reports said Kayani briefed the political
leadership on preparations for the campaign.

Reports also said the situation in southern Punjab,
where militant groups have consolidated their position and
established close links with the Taliban, were discussed by
the political leadership.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 19:15

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