ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday discussed national and regional security issues.
The army chief called on the prime minister at his office. Members of the federal cabinet and other officials were also present in the meeting.
The meeting was given a briefing on the Indian aggression along the Line of Control (LoC). Prevailing security situation of the country was also discussed. The meeting also discussed the Afghan peace process, Indian ceasefire violations along the LoC and regional security matters.
The meeting took place a day after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s no-holds-barred onslaught against a “parallel state” in Pakistan while speaking at an all parties conference of opposition in Islamabad via video-link.
The PML-N supremo said that the opposition’s struggle was not against PM Imran “but against those who had imposed such an incapable person on the country through a rigged election”.
‘BID TO PLEASE INDIAN LOBBY’:
Reacting to the opposition’s criticism during Sunday’s All Parties Conference (APC), PM Imran, while chairing a separate meeting, said that allegations levelled at state institutions were an attempt to please the Indian lobby.
The meeting was attended by party representatives and spokespersons. The premier asked the attendees to respond with reason and logic to the opposition’s criticism. He said that no one is bothered by the APC’s decision. The nation is aware of the opposition leaders and their personal goals, he added.
The premier said that in a democracy, all institutions work under the government and that the opposition’s criticism is pointless and an attempt to divert attention from their corruption.
The meeting decided to speak on the APC’s demands and tasked federal ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Shibli Faraz, Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry to counter the opposition’s narrative presented at the conference.
Separately, while speaking to Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan, who called on him, PM Imran categorically said that the government will not bow down before any blackmailing tactics.
The meeting discussed the current prevailing political situation in the country and matters related to the new legislation. The APC of the opposition also came under discussion.
The PM said that all the state institutions are on the same page and added that the nation stands firmly united with its institutions.
Reacting to Nawaz’s speech in the APC, the premier termed it as part two of “why I was ousted”. He vowed not to bow down before any blackmailing and to continue the accountability process.