Imran meets Gen Qamar, ‘felicitates him on appointment as army chief’

Published: April 1, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan paid a rare call on the army chief at the Army House in Rawalpindi late Friday to ‘felicitate’ General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his promotion, according to the military’s media wing, the ISPR.

“Chairman PTI Imran Khan called on COAS [chief of army staff]. Imran Khan felicitated [the] COAS on his promotion and appointment,” said ISPR’s Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in a Twitter message. “Various issues came under discussion.”

Maj Gen Ghafoor didn’t give details. However, a press statement issued by PTI’s Central Media Department said Imran and Gen Qamar discussed “issues of national and international importance’ in the meeting which lasted for an hour.

PTI Spokesperson Naeemul Haque said Imran appreciated the army’s efforts and sacrifices during the ongoing war on terror and discussed the successes achieved during the countrywide counterterrorism operations. “Issues related to Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons also came under discussion,” he added.

However, a senior PTI leader – who spoke to Imran soon after the meeting – said the PTI chief and Gen Qamar also discussed the recent decision of Pakistan to join the Saudi-led military alliance and former army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif’s lead role in it.

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The PTI has voiced its strong reservations over these developments related to the country’s foreign policy and a senior leader of the party on Friday claimed that the PTI would take up these issues during the forthcoming sessions of the National Assembly and the Senate.

The PTI had accused government of not taking the parliament into confidence before making such decisions of utmost importance in violation of a 2015 resolution of parliament. In the resolution, Pakistan, while vowing to protect the sovereignty of the Saudi Arabia, had unanimously decided not interfere in the fast unfolding developments in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing civil war in Yemen.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • F Khan
    Apr 1, 2017 - 12:37AM

    Felicitation as COAS after 5 months and interestingly Khan Sb got time to discuss anything other than dharna.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Apr 1, 2017 - 12:38AM

    I wonder which way the message was sentRecommend

  • jasoos
    Apr 1, 2017 - 1:16AM

    Its distraction from Dr. Asim Bail and Sharjeel Memon. Warning for IK Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Apr 1, 2017 - 2:09AM

    Again looking for shortcuts to power.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 1, 2017 - 2:53AM

    Imran waited this long because he wanted to felicitate him on his two caps but unfortunately this chief and previous one have both disappointed him. He should know that our army has changed so it’s better for him to change too. This is not seventies and eighties when arrogance was a virtue and violation of constitution was normal.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Apr 1, 2017 - 4:10AM

    It took him 4 months to realize who runs the show!Recommend

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Apr 1, 2017 - 7:17AM

    With a favorable SC decision ever elusive, IK shouldn’t be entertaining the notion of a military coup simply on the strength of his personality, because that ain’t happening.Recommend

  • Farouk Khan
    Apr 1, 2017 - 8:16AM

    Intriguing to say the least. However, a good beginning, at least it’s not in the middle of the night.Recommend

  • Sultan Durrani
    Apr 1, 2017 - 9:10AM

    He is an only honest national Leader of highest credibility in the country, has all the rights to meet anyone he may like to meet in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Abubakar
    Apr 4, 2017 - 11:21AM

    Discussing Nawaz Sharif’s kidney stones most probably.Recommend

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