LAHORE - Former army chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg on Tuesday bitterly criticised the government for involving Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in the conflict between the executive and the judiciary, and demanded that the Pakistan Air Force should be tasked to shoot down the helicopters and drones involved in attacks on Pakistans territories. Talking to TheNation, he said while the troika meeting was a routine in normal circumstances, the one that took place on Monday had quite different implications. He said it took place on a day when the Supreme Court was hearing a case of the governments failure to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to request them to reopen cases against President Zardari, which had earlier been closed on the basis of an unauthorised communication sent by the previous government. He said the army chief was not supposed to be part of the statement issued after the meeting. This was a prohibited area for him. The president and the prime minister, Gen Beg said, had involved the army chief in a matter from which he was supposed to keep away. The implementation of the Supreme Courts verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance was a matter between the judiciary and the government. The government has set a very bad precedent - in fact done a disservice - by sucking in the army chief in a filed which was not his domain. He said it appeared that the government was trying to make the army a party to the dispute. Gen Beg advised the army chief to keep his institution away from such issues in future and let the relevant parties settle them the way they liked. He also felt upset by the growing frequency of drone attacks on Pakistans territory, as a result of which many people had been killed so far. He said the attack by ISAF helicopters was a new development, which was a matter of serious concern. We have got the means to avert threats to our security, said the former army chief, calling up the government to put the PAF on alert and order it to shoot down the drones or helicopters violating Pakistans territorial sovereignty. Gen Beg said it was very painful for him to hear that Ambassador Richard Holbrooke had said in a statement that the drone attacks were being carried out with the consent of the Pakistan government and the GHQ. He said Pakistan had the right to come up with an appropriate response. Armed Forces should be tasked not to let anyone attack Pakistans territory again.