Army standing with govt, says General Sharif

KARACHI – Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Army to provide every possible assistance to restore peace in the country particularly in Karachi.

Speaking during a high-level meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the army chief said that the army was standing by the government and would provide 100 per cent assistance sought by the federal and provincial governments.

He said the army would also give its sincere recommendations to sort out problems. “It is clear that we will move forward,” he said. General Sharif said that he knows that the government was committed to arming the police and to make it stronger and capable.

This is the first time that army chief attended such a high-level meeting with civilian leadership 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 elements.

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

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