Good news that Gen Bajwa supports democracy, says Imran

Published: April 1, 2017
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Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on  April 1, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on April 1, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

A day after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan paid a rare call upon General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the former has said that the COAS is “standing with democracy.”

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday in connection with the ‘billion-tree tsunami’ project, he said, “there is good news [which is] that the Army chief stands by democracy.”

The PTI chairman then continued with to speak about climate change and commended Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for “realising the dream of planting 800 million trees.”

According to the military’s media wing Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR), Imran Khan met with General Qamar and felicitated him on his promotion, on Friday.

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Later, a press statement 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 counter-terrorism 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 Pakistan’s recent decision to join the Saudi-led military alliance and former army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif’s lead role in it.

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