RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday visited Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Headquarters. The COAS was briefed on the internal security and ongoing situation in Afghanistan. The participants also discussed the professional related issues. Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his satisfaction over the preparedness of organization.
Director General ISI Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid received the Army Chief on his arrival at the Headquarters of country’s premier intelligence agency.
Monday’s visit of the Army Chief comes at a time when the federal government is yet to issue the notification for the appointment of the new DG ISI. On October 6, the ISPR had announced that Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum was appointed as the new DG ISI while his predecessor Lt Gen Hamid was posted as Peshawar Corps Commander.
But Prime Minister’s Office did not issue the notification confirming Lt Gen Anjum’s appointment that led to widespread speculations on the national and social media that perhaps civil and military leadership were not on the same page about this appointment.
It is learnt that this issue was also discussed at the meeting and it was stated that COAS office has done his job and now waiting for the notification which would be issued from PM office. The sources said that it is confirmed that the summary has been sent to PM House and is lying at PM table. People want to know the reasons of delay in releasing notification.
The process of transferring and handing over the command of various corps have started. On Monday, Lt. Gen Syed Asim Munir handed over command of Gujranwala Corps to Lt Gen Muhammad Aamer, Corps Commander Gujranwala Corps during change of command ceremy held at Gujranwala Cantt.
US diplomat meets COAS
US Charge d’Affairs to Pakistan Ms Angela Aggeler called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Monday.
“During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, current security situation in Afghanistan and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed,” says a press statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate following the meeting.
“Pakistan desires to maintain the tradition of bilateral engagement and wishes for an enduring relationship with United States,” the ISPR quoted Army Chief as saying. General Qamar Javed Bajwa also reiterated the need for global convergence on Afghanistan for avoiding humanitarian crisis and coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people.
The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, efforts for regional stability and pledged to play their role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels, according to the military’s media wing.
Last week, the US diplomat held separate meetings with the leadership of opposition parties and she had also called on Speaker Punjab Assembly and acting Governor Chaudhry Parvez Elahi. Ms Angela also met with former prime minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.
On October 14, she held separate meetings with president Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and vice-president of PML-N Maryam Nawaz in Lahore.
Bajwa visits Army Air Defence Centre in Karachi
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Army Air Defence Centre Karachi on 14th October. On arrival COAS laid floral wreath at Shahuada monument.
Later, COAS witnessed commissioning of state-of-the-art Chinese origin HQ-9/P HIMADS (High to Medium Air Defence System) into Pakistan Army Air Defence. Lieutenant General Hamood uz Zaman Khan; Commander Army Air Defence Command briefed COAS about strategic weapon system.
Induction of HIMADS will significantly enhance Comprehensive Layered Integrated Air Defence (CLIAD) shield of aerial frontiers of Pakistan as the system is fully integrated through a well-knit Digitized System on its inventory. Capable of intercepting multiple air targets including aircrafts, cruise missiles and Beyond Visual Range Weapons at ranges over 100 kilometers with Single Shot Kill Probability, HQ-9/P is considered as a strategic long-range Surface to Air Missile (SAM) with remarkable flexibility and precision.
Speaking at the occasion, COAS said that induction of high-tech systems will make Pakistan’s air defence impenetrable in the emerging threat scenario. Highlighting the criticality of air defence in the overall defence of motherland, COAS said exemplary synergy between Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army Air Defence makes country’s air defence impregnable. Pakistan–China strategic partnership and defence collaboration is a factor of stability in the region, COAS remarked. Senior officials from China were also present on the occasion.