Without some kind of resolution, there was growing speculation that the military — which has ruled Pakistan for more than half its 61-year history – could step in and attempt to restore stability. Senior officers have repeatedly insisted that the current army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, is committed to letting civilian rule take its course. But “we can’t have chaos. Someone is going to have to bring control,” warned a military officer who serves in Pakistan’s premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence. He, however, insisted the military was not contemplating an immediate takeover.