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Zardari, Kayani review internal, external security

07 September, 2011

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ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has assured Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez that economic and logistic support to internal and external security forces would not be compromised in any case.

The President gave these assurances to the army chief when the latter called on the former at the Presidency Tuesday afternoon, well-placed sources told Online. According to the sources, the meeting was crucial in the given state of politics and internal security, particularly in Sindh and its capital Karachi. It was also on the rumor mills during the day that President-COAS meeting was to decide whether or not to use army for law and order in Karachi. However, the sources were of the view that the two kept Karachi as top of their meeting's agenda. Law and order situation in Balochistan also came under discussion, the sources added.

The sources said that the President and army chief also discussed Pakistan's cooperation with China in the field of defense. The President took the army chief on board with reference to his latest meetings with Chinese during his recent visit to China.

The army chief and the President as in Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces also reviewed the situation on border with Afghanistan viz a viz the ongoing army action against militants in the tribal areas, the sources said. According to the sources, the two also exchanged notes to firm up Pakistan's stance in the upcoming meeting of the Neighbors of Afghanistan in Istanbul in October.

An extremely brief press statement issued by the Presidency stated that the current state of security came under discussion when the COAS called on the President.

Another handout stated that Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir also called on the President and discussed professional matters pertaining to Pakistan Navy came under discussion during the meeting.

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