Kayani wants urgent steps to deal with law and order in Pak

The Pakistani Army is concerned over the "rapidly deteriorating" law and order situation across the country.

Updated: Mar 08, 2013, 15:51 PM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistani Army is concerned over the "rapidly deteriorating" law and order situation across the country and has sought "urgent steps" from the President to deal with the situation from spiralling out of control.

A meeting of Army`s top brass chaired by Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani yesterday reviewed the internal security situation in the wake of a series of devastating terror attacks against Shias in Quetta and Karachi that killed nearly 250 people.

Shortly after the meeting, Kayani met President Asif Ali Zardari to "communicate the disquiet among his commanders about the security situation spiralling out of control", the Dawn newspaper quoted its sources as saying.

Expressing concern over the "rapidly deteriorating" situation, he sought from President Zardari "urgent steps" to deal with the situation.

A brief statement issued by the presidency only said Kayani and Zardari had discussed the security situation but did not give details.

Reports in several Pakistani dailies said the Army Chief used the meeting to tell Zardari about the concerns of his commanders over the worsening law and order situation in Karachi, the country`s financial hub.

On Wednesday, Kayani had visited Karachi to assess the situation in the city where sectarianism attacks on the minority Shia sect have added a new dimension to continuing violence that has claimed scores of lives since last year.

Media reports said that during his meeting with Zardari, Kayani discussed the recent attacks on Shias in Quetta and Karachi and an operation against the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has claimed most of the attacks.

Kayani spoke about the "improper and inefficient" use of civilian law enforcement agencies by the federal and provincial governments in dealing with terrorism, the Dawn quoted sources in the presidency as saying.