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COAS to brief senators on national security shortly

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1377559/coas-to-brief-senators-on-national-security-shortly
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Jawed Bajwa will shortly begin briefing the Senate Committee of the Whole House on the national security situation in the country during an in-camera session in an extraordinary meeting to be presided over by Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani.

The army chief and Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Maj General Asif Ghafoor have arrived at the Parliament House. Parliamentary members, too, have arrived there.

This is the first time after six years that the military leadership has come to the Parliament House for a presentation to the elected representatives on the security situation.

Last time it was in May 2011 when then army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha had briefed a joint session of parliament about the Abbottabad operation in which Al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden had been killed by the US forces.

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In May 2009, then DGMO Maj Gen Javed Iqbal had briefed a joint sitting of parliament about the security situation and the military operations against terrorists in Mingora and Swat.

The COAS and Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza will give a “briefing on the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan with respect to recent visits/developments”.

The decision to give the briefing to the senators had been taken voluntarily by the military leadership after seeing media reports about criticism in the Senate on the federal government and the military leadership for not taking the parliament into confidence over the recent developments, including the change in Washington’s policy towards Islamabad following the controversial remarks of US President Donald Trump about the role of Pakistan in the war on terror, border clashes with Afghan forces and Pakistan’s decision to become a part of a military alliance under Saudi Arabia.
 

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