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Pak PM Ashraf says 'law and order is provincial issue, cannot involve army'


July 1, 2012 - Islamabad

Newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Parvaiz Ashraf has said that the law and order situation in Sindh is a provincial issue, and added that the army cannot be sent everywhere.

Ashraf said the government is hesitant about sending in the army to resolve provincial issues for fear that such measures may turn out to be the "wrong cure" to remedy the situation.

"The federal government will be willing to help the government of Sindh if they ask for it," The Express Tribune quoted him, as saying.

According to the paper, Ashraf also stressed that the Pakistan Army has been playing a vital role in the defence of the country and it is a very positive role.

He added that the Pakistan Army has played an important role in floods, earthquake and other challenges faced by the country.

Appreciating the courage, dedication and commitment of the Army, Ashraf said 'Pakistan is proud of its forces as it is the source and strength of national stability.'

ANI

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