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Prime Minister Shahbaz meeting with the army chief

Prime Minister Shahbaz meeting with the army chief. For the first time since taking office, Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has met with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The meeting was held on Tuesday. According to the PM’s office, the meeting focused on national security issues and other issues.

According to Geo News, Maj. Gen. Babar Ikhtiar, director general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the army chief could not attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new prime minister on April 11 due to illness.

Prime Minister Shahbaz meeting with the army chief

Pakistan’s new 34-member cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday. Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani administered the oath of office to the new ministers in the wake of the President’s refusal to discharge his constitutional duties.

Led by Shahbaz, 30 federal ministers, four ministers of state and three advisers to the prime minister were sworn in. They include 14 ministers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Nine from the PPP, four from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).  And Seven from other coalition partners.

The powerful Army, which has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its 73 plus years of existence. Has hitherto wielded considerable power in the matters of security and foreign policy. Mr. Khan, who was ousted from power last week, had apparently lost support of the Army after he refused to endorse the appointment of the ISI spy agency chief last year. Finally he agreed but it soured his ties with the Army.

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