Army chief invites parliamentary panel to GHQ for briefing on border situation

National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence will be appraised on situation along LoC and WB on April 4

Ahmed Mansoor March 31, 2019
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has invited the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi for a briefing on April 4.

The army chief will appraise the 21-member committee on the latest situation on the Line of Control (LOC), Working Boundary (WB) and international borders.

The briefing will include outlining of the measures taken by the armed forces in response to India’s aggression and provocations.

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The standing committee, led by chairman Amjid Ali Khan, includes Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Tahir Sadiq, Chaudhry Farrukh Altaf, Syed Faizul Hassan, Ijaz Ahmad Shah, Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Jamid Ahmed Khan and Ramesh Kumar Vankwani.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers: Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Riazul Haq, Muhammad Khan Daha, Alam Dad Laleka and Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada. While Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Aftab Shahban Mirani and Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi represent the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Grand Democratic Alliance’s (GDA) Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) Syed Aminul Haque, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s (MMA) Salahuddin Ayubi and Balochistan Awami Party’s (BAP) Rubina Irfan are also members of the committee on defence.

During the visit, the standing committee members will pay respects at the martyrs memorial.

In a first, army chief to brief senators on security situation

In February, the top civil and military leadership briefed parliamentary leaders on the situation on Pakistan's eastern border at an in-camera session held in Parliament House.

Tensions escalated dramatically between Pakistan and India on February 14 when a young man – a native of occupied Kashmir – rammed an explosives-laden car into an Indian military convoy, killing at least 44 soldiers. Prime Minster Imran Khan had offered every possible help in the investigation, but India turned down the offer and whipped up war hysteria.