we believe in the supremacy of parliament and democracy: Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa

Islamabad: Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday has said that there should be more interaction with parliament, Radio Pakistan reported. COAS was responding to questions raised by members of defence committees of the National Assembly and Senate visiting the General Headquarters (GHQ) for a briefing on military operations, Radio Pakistan reported.

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa told the parliamentarians that he was an ardent supporter of democracy and believed in the supremacy of parliament. The army chief said he was ready to appear before the defense committee or any ‘committee of the whole House’ and answer any queries that the parliamentarians might have.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a press statement, the delegation had a comprehensive interactive session with General Qamar Javed Bajwa, that was originally planned for half an hour went on for three hours. The parliamentarians had raised many of the oft-discussed issues including security operations, military courts, defence budget, engagement with the United States, tensions with India, problems in relations with Afghanistan, and civil-military relations. The delegation was given a detailed briefing on the evolving security environment including the situation at the borders and Pakistan’s Army efforts for peace and security. The delegation also

During his interaction with the parliamentarians, Gen Bajwa disclosed that he had felicitated Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif over the PML-N’s victory in NA-120 (Lahore) by-poll in which Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, spouse of the ousted prime minister, was elected on the National Assembly seat vacated by her husband following his disqualification by the Supreme Court. Talking about the perception that the defence budget consumed a major portion of national resources, the general said, it comprised nearly 18 per cent of the total budgetary outlay. He added that more money was required, particularly in view of certain acquisitions that had to be made, some of which were overdue.

On the subject of foreign relations, he underscored that putting the house in order was a pre-requisite for getting a respectful position in the comity of nations. As a principle, he said, Pakistan desired good relations with all other countries especially the neighbors. The session concluded with the resolve to continue our struggle against the menace of violent extremism through a synergistic, whole of the nation approach based on the principle of ‘collective potential and shared responsibility, the ISPR statement added.

The delegation laid  floral wreath at GHQ’s Shuhada Monument to pay homage to Shuhada.

 

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