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Army Chief briefs senators on national security

ISLAMABAD: Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa has said that he will resign if military is found to be involved in Faizabad sit-in.

“The [Faizabad] sit-in reminded me of the Lal Masjid incident and I asked the DG ISI to hold dialogue with the protesters,” television reports quoted the COAS as saying during a briefing in Senate on Tuesday.

While talking to media Director General Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that nation, civil and military leadership is on one page and no world could defeat Pakistan.

Briefing over the Senate Whole Committee in-camera meeting, in which Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa briefed the house over national security police, DG ISPR told the media that military leadership has briefed the upper house regarding the Pakistan strategy over the war against terrorism while DGMO has briefed the house over the security.

“The parliamentarians have lauded the armed forces role and its sacrifices rendered in war against the terrorism as the senators asked the questions on merit which were replied in details by the military leadership,” he said.

He said that the briefing went on for an hour and a half, followed by a “very candid, very free, very frank, very objective” question-answer session. However, he refrained from making a detailed comment on the briefing and said that a detailed press conference will be held in the next few days.

Following the COAS’ briefing, PML-N’s Senator Nehal Hashmi told the media that the briefing had ‘clarified many things [to Senators.]’

“The army chief said that there is no room for a presidential system, because not only does it weakens a country, it also gives way to dangerous polarization.”

Hashmi further said that General Bajwa, in his briefing to the Senate, said that the army is ‘subservient’ and ‘answerable to the public’, and the institution has to act according to the law. The senator further stated that General Bajwa refuted rumours of the army lending any support to the protesters during the recent Faizabad sit-in.

“The army chief said that he will resign if it is proven that the army was supporting the Faizabad sit-in,” Hashmi said. INP

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