Civil and Military leadership agrees over national security: Kayani


On Monday, Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addressed the political leadership of the country, remarking that civil and military leadership were on the same page as far as national security was concerned. General Kayani urged the political leadership gathered at the All Parties Conferee (APC) to discuss the national security policy and to hold talks with Taliban militants. He also answered the queries raised by senior politicians attending the moot. The APC was called together by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom the Taliban had chosen as a guarantor for peace talks with Islamabad before the May 11 general election. Terrorism, crippling energy crisis and tattered economy are the major challenges Nawaz Sharif government is facing following the general election. There has been skepticism about idea of holding talks with militants as some political commentators said that the military and the PML-N government were not in consensus over the issue. According to reports, General Kayani, during the question answer session, made it clear that the military and civil leadership were in accord when it came to tackling the menace of terrorism.