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Pak Army chief warns Zardari over NWFP

world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 14:15 IST

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In an apparent sign of Pakistan Army trying to gain control over the civilian government, Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has reportedly asked President Asif Ali Zardari to bring order in North West Frontier Province.

Reports in foreign newspapers suggest that the US is upset with Zardari, who, they say is busy playing politics and settling scores with former premier Nawaz Sharif and is not paying attention to the restive tribal belt.

Sources say this was done soon after Kayani returned from a visit to the United States. He is said to have discussed this issue with senior Army Commanders.

Foreign newspapers have also speculated that the Pakistan military would take over in light of the worsening security and political situation in the country.

US President Obama, after the recent terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, expressed his apprehension and said that the safe havens for Al-Qaeda remain in the frontier regions of Pakistan.