Civil Military ties: Pakistan Army Chief takes yet another initiative
RAWALPINDI – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will brief the parliamentarians next week on the hostile situation on the Line of Control (LOC), Working Boundary and international borders in the aftermath of recent tension with India.
The army chief invited the 21-member National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi for a briefing on April 4.
The briefing will include outlining of the measures taken by the armed forces in response to India’s aggression and provocations.
According to the DAWN, it will be the second briefing by the army chief to the parliamentarians over one month.
Earlier, parliamentarians were briefed in an in-camera session held at Parliament House on February 27, the day the Pakistan Air Force carried out a raid in India. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan did not attend the briefing.
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.
A notification issued by the Senate Secretariat says that Chairman of Senate standing committee on defence Azam Swati will lead the Senate members.
During the visit, the standing committee members will pay respects at the martyrs’ memorial.