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COAS to appear before Senate for national security briefing

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 19, 2017 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 19, 2017 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
NEWS DESK: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Jawed Bajwa is expected to shortly begin briefing the Senate Committee of the Whole House on the national security situation in the country during an in-camera session. The extraordinary meeting will be presided over by Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani. The army chief, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General...

NEWS DESK: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Jawed Bajwa is expected to shortly begin briefing the Senate Committee of the Whole House on the national security situation in the country during an in-camera session.

The extraordinary meeting will be presided over by Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani.

The army chief, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General (DG) Naveed Mukhtar and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj General Asif Ghafoor have arrived at the Parliament House amid strict security arrangements. Parliamentary members are also present there.

The army chief arrived at the Parliament House via a helicopter and is currently holding a meeting with Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani in the latter's chambers. Upon arrival, Bajwa was welcomed by Deputy Chairman of the Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.

The military leadership has come to the Parliament House after six years to brief the elected representatives on the security situation.

Last time it was in May 2011 when then army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI DG Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha had briefed a joint session of the parliament about the Abbottabad operation in which al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden had been killed by the US forces.

The COAS and Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza will give a “briefing on the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan with respect to recent visits/developments”.

The decision to give the briefing to the senators had been taken voluntarily by the military leadership after seeing media reports about criticism in the Senate on the federal government and the military leadership for not taking the parliament into confidence over the recent developments, including the change in Washington’s policy towards Islamabad following the controversial remarks of US President Donald Trump about the role of Pakistan in the war on terror, border clashes with Afghan forces and Pakistan’s decision to become a part of a military alliance under Saudi Arabia.
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