ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday discussed missing persons’ issue with Defence Minister Kh Asif and new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif in the backdrop of the repeated directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Though it was the courtesy call of Gen Raheel Sharif after assuming the charge of his new assignment, important matters pertaining to the national security, dialogue initiative with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the burning issue of missing persons were on the table at the Prime Minister’s House.
Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting told The Nation that the PM wanted to resolve the missing persons issue as per the apex court’s satisfaction and directed the defence minister and the COAS to fully comply. The defence minister and the COAS assured the PM of satisfying the court on missing persons’ issue.
The defence minister and the COAS also briefed the prime minister on the missing persons’ issue and informed him of the security agencies’ limitation and problems in resolving the matter.
Overall security situation and needs of the armed forces also figured in the meeting. The prime minister assured the new army chief that despite economic constraints, the government would fully meet the armed forces’ needs in making the country’s defence impeccable. The issue of the government’s initiative of peace parleys with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also came under discussion and the PM once again reiterated his commitment that the government would persist with the talks initiative.
The PM felicitated General Sharif on assuming the office of army chief and hoped Pakistan Army would further improve its professional capabilities under his leadership. Gen Sharif briefed the PM on the matters related to internal and external security, Line of Control, and other professional issues.
Meanwhile, COAS Gen Raheel Sharif also called on President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr and apprised him of the present security situation in the country. The president congratulated General Sharif on assuming the office of chief of army staff (COAS). Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Rashad Mahmood also met President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday. The president congratulated General Rashad Mahmood on assuming the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee chairman. The matters concerning the national and regional security and military’s professional problems were discussed at their maiden meeting.