PM, COAS hold key one-on-one meeting

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today held a one-on-one meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to discuss key issues.The duo met after a high level meeting held here at PM House, state media reported adding that they discussed security situation in the country.“During the meeting, the premier and COAS discussed and resolved the unnecessary rifts which have been reported between civil and military leadership following controversial statements issued from both sides last month,” local media quoting sources said.Earlier last month, General Raheel used a corps commanders’ meeting to call for taking ‘governance initiatives’ in order to complement efforts of the security forces in the fight against terrorism.

Civil and military authorities appeared to be at odds over the slow pace of implementation on a new national plan introduced to effectively deal with the threat of terrorism and extremism.Further, sources said that PM Nawaz likely shared with Gen Raheel details about his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Army chief also discussed in detail with the premier his recent visit to the United States, sources added.However, sources maintained that, “Military leadership has reservations over PM Nawaz’s stance on the ongoing Karachi operation as he fully stands with Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and the Sindh government, rather than giving a political go-ahead to law enforcement agencies to address Karachi’s law and order situation.

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