THE NEWS, ISLAMABAD, 10th SEPTEMBER 2013: The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Monday categorically said both the government and armed forces were on the same page on the issue of talks with the militant groups, Geo News reported.
During the question-answer session at the All Parties Conference, General KayaniGeneral Zaheer-ul-Islam openly supported dialogue with militant groups as the first priority.Some people are already announcing that either there would be no negotiations between the government and militants or that these will fail and there must be a war to crush the militants.
General Kayani’s remarks about the role of such people are very crucial, as they are sparing no effort to drag the army into a war against its own citizens in almost all areas of the country.
The Army chief, it is said, told the top political leadership of the country that it is for the politicians and the government to decide the policy. He assured that the army and the military establishment would sincerely implement such a policy. The Army chief also said there is nothing wrong fundamentally but it is extremism that needs to be eliminated.