COAS General Bajwa and DG ISI message for the Opposition political parties leaders
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and head of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed had asked key opposition figures not to involve the military into political issues.
A few days before opposition’s All Parties Conference, the COAS had a meeting with over 15 opposition figures including Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Jamaat-e-Islami's Sirajul Haq and others.
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Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed who also attended the meeting, revealed that the agenda of the meeting was the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, during the meeting, the opposition raised their concerns, especially about the military’s alleged interference in politics, local media reported.
However, the COAS and ISI chief made it clear to the leaders that the army should not be dragged into politics and that it is 'not involved, directly or indirectly, in any political process of the country'.