ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif here at his office today. “The professional matters pertaining to national security were discussed during the meeting,” the PM Office said in a statement.
This was the first meeting between the two personalities as Gen Bajwa did not attend the oath ceremony of the prime minister Shahbaz Sharif on 11th April. The reason was stated that Gen Bajwa was not well.
It is learnt that during the meeting, they discussed the overall situation and circumstances those led new government, ousting the PTI set-up.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Babar Iftikhar, the COAS didn’t attend Shehbaz’s oath-taking ceremony because he was ill.
Shehbaz Sharif took oath as the prime minister of Pakistan on Monday, hours after the National Assembly elected him the 23rd premier.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani administered the oath to the newly-elected prime minister as President Arif Alvi complained of “discomfort”, according to the president’s Twitter account, shortly before the oath-taking ceremony.
Earlier in the day, Shehbaz secured 174 votes in the NA as opposed to PTI’s candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who received no votes after his party decided to boycott the polling process.
The poll took place under the chairmanship of MNA Ayaz Sadiq, two days after the lower house of Parliament voted in favour of removing Imran Khan from office, following a nearly 14-hour standoff between the Opposition and Khan’s ruling party that started on Saturday morning.
Shehbaz is the longest-serving chief minister of the Punjab province, having served on the post three times since he began his political career nearly four decades ago.
Sharif is the son of Mian Muhammad Sharif, a well-known businessman, and the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister of Pakistan.
Shehbaz is a graduate of the Government College in Lahore. He first came into the spotlight in 1985, when he was appointed the president of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
But his foray into politics began in 1988 when Sharif was elected as a member of the Punjab assembly (MPA). He served for a short stint, till 1990 when the assembly was dissolved.
The same year, he contested and won a national assembly constituency and became a member of the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament. In 1993, he again returned to the Punjab assembly and was appointed leader of the opposition till 1996.
Then in 1997, Sharif won a Punjab constituency for the third time and went on to become the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s most politically important province. However, after the military overthrew the PML-N government, Sharif was imprisoned and later sent into exile for eight years.
Returning in 2008, Sharif was again elected as a member of the Punjab assembly and then became chief minister for a second term. This time he served his full term as chief minister.
After the general polls in 2013, Sharif returned as chief minister of his home province. While in the 2018 polls, he decided to retain his national assembly seat and was nominated as the leader of the Opposition.
In 2019, Shehbaz Sharif declared his net wealth to be Rs100,725,909 to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), including investments in Hudabiya Engineering, Hamza Spinning Mills and Hudabiya Paper Mills as well as agricultural properties in Sheikhupura and Lahore.