ISLAMABAD - In a significant move in the wake of the ongoing political crisis in the country, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday held another meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi.
According to sources, Shahbaz Sharif and Raheel Sharif discussed the political situation and the recent agitation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). The government-military leadership discussed the political situation, especially the demands of PTI and PAT.
The sources said it was agreed at the meeting that dialogue should be launched immediately with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to resolve the issue. The sources claimed the meeting also discussed the security situation and the law and order issues in the country. Shahbaz Sharif reiterated his stance that the government would not entertain unconstitutional demands of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri regarding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. They claimed Army Chief General Raheel Sharif assured Shahbaz Sharif of playing his constitutional role and giving full support to maintain law and order, especially in the capital.
INP adds: General Raheel Sharif urged the warring politicians to resolve the current political impasse as soon as possible. This is the second such statement from Pakistan Army in less than 24 hours as the political deadlock in Islamabad persists. The military sources said Gen Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif discussed the situation in the federal capital in the wake of the protests staged by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.
The meeting specifically discussed the security challenges which have arisen after the supporters of PAT besieged the Parliament House.
This is the second meeting between them. Chaudhry Nisar and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a meeting with the army chief a couple of days ago.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also held a meeting with General Raheel Sharif Tuesday to discuss the prevailing security in the country, especially in Islamabad.
Military and political leaderships are in constant consultation concerning the PTI and PAT marches on the capital.
On Tuesday evening, ISPR also came out with a similar statement, urging politicians to resolve the crisis through talks.