Islamabad, Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has backed a political solution for the troubled province of Balochistan by assuring that personnel of armed forces and the Frontier Corps (FC) would carry out their tasks within the ambit of the law.
General Kayani extended this assurance during a high-level meeting that discussed the missing persons issue and law and order situation in Balochistan, reports the Daily Times.
The meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, decided to form a six-member steering committee with equal representation of federal and provincial governments to look into the growing incidents of forced disappearances in the conflict-ridden province.
The meeting focused on issues in six different areas – administrative, economic, political, legal, development and operational, in Balochistan.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the hallmark of the meeting was General Kayani”s complete support for resolving the issues in Balochistan through political means, as a military solution is not a viable and durable one to tackle the situation in the province.
Quoting General Kayani, Kaira said he would personally make sure that personnel of armed forces and FC function within the domain of the law, and declared that not a single soldier of the army is involved in any military operation in the province.
Kaira said the government would implement all laws related to the arrest and trial of missing persons, and would take strict action if anyone were found violating these laws.
Kaira added that the meeting has decided that the FC would act under the directives of the Balochistan chief minister and would have no role except to maintain law and order by putting an end to its anti-smuggling functions.