LAHORE - The worsening law and order situation in the country because of the TTP terrorist activities has worried even the government ministers and some of them are of the strong opinion that the responsibility of maintaining peace in major cities should be entrusted to the Pak Army for an interim period.

Two senior members of the ruling elite sharing their thoughts with The Nation on Tuesday following the growing acts of terror by outlawed TTP, were of the strong opinion that security responsibility of the major cities should be handed over to Pak Army for an interim period.

Senior members of the ruling elite said that keeping in view the inability of the law enforcers and para-military forces to counter the fresh wave of terrorism unleashed by anti-peace TTP groups, the security responsibility of major cities should be handed over to the Pak Army for an interim period during which the civilian security services would acquire the complete capability to counter this new enemy.

They were of the considered opinion that it was the Pak Army and its special units which ultimately neutralized the terrorists at Jinnah International Airport Karachi in hours after they took command of the operation.

They added that though the Airport Security Force (ASF) and Rangers had rendered sacrifices while countering the terrorists, yet it was the Pak Army which pinned down the terrorists.

They were of the view that Jinnah International Airport Karachi episode indicated that law enforcers and para-military forces needed more proficiency and equipment with latest methodologies and techniques to counter this new enemy.

Ruling elite senior members remarked that at the moment only the specialized units of the Pak Army had the capability to confront and successfully neutralizing the terrorists.

They proposed that law enforcers and para-military forces should participate in operations against terrorism under the lead role of Pak Army in order to observe the special skills for countering this unpredictable enemy.

They suggested that Pak Army special units which launched successful anti-terror operations in Swat and South Waziristan, and in parts of North Waziristan should be asked to impart new techniques and methodologies to the civilian security services.

They added that Pak Army should carry out a phase-wise withdrawal after fully equipping the civilian security services with new techniques to counter terrorism if they would be given the interim role of securing the major cities.

Ruling elite’s senior members observed: We are passing through extra-ordinary situation, which demands extra-ordinary measures and we should not shy away or hesitate to take extra-ordinary steps to save the country.

They were of the view: Nothing would happen to democracy if we engage Pak Army for an interim period and we advise our colleagues in the ruling setup that they should not listen to the voices bent upon dislodging the government in whatever way they can.

Meanwhile, a senior security establishment member sharing his thoughts on the issue said that though they were already engaged in numerous tasks of internal security, however they would happily accept the challenge of securing major cities, besides imparting their experiences to civilian security services to counter the terror threats without hesitation in the hour of high threat or danger.