Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday called on President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed “professional matters pertaining to Pakistan Army.”
Although the army chief’s meeting with the prime minister took place on the sidelines of the apex committee on Afghanistan’s session, it is rare for an army chief to meet both heads of the state and the government the same day.
The brevity of a statement on the COAS meeting with the prime minister issued by the PM Office added to the “curiosity” of political observers about what could have been possibly discussed between them.
All that the PMO had to say about the meeting was “Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today. Professional matters pertaining to Pakistan Army were discussed during the meeting.”
Press statements on the meetings between the prime minister and army chief have been typically pro forma since their public disagreement over the appointment of Inter-Services Intelligence director general. There have been just two publicly disclosed meetings between the two since Oct 26 last, the day Lt-Gen Nadeem Anjum was notified as the new director general, though they have been together at forums attended by other functionaries as well.
PRESIDENT ARIF ALVI: The presidency’s statement gave a little more insight into the meeting between President Alvi and Gen Bajwa, suggesting that they had a focused discussion on the recent terrorism incidents in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Gen Bajwa “briefed the president about the professional preparedness and measures being taken by the security forces against the terrorist elements,” the presidency stated, adding that the army chief reiterated the resolve “to eliminate militants and miscreants from the country.”
President Alvi, meanwhile, paid rich tribute to the security forces personnel martyred in the recent operations against militants in Balochistan and newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.