Imran Khan visits General HQ first time – in his official capacity at Rawalpindi

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“Pakistan is facing external, internal challenges” – Imran Khan

Pakistan’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the General Headquarter (GHQ), Rawalpindi for the security briefing on Thursday morning where he called for nation’s support as it is facing external and internal challenges.

Khan was received by Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ and was given a guard of honour who then laid a floral wreath at the Yadgar-i-Shuhada (Monument to Martyrs), reported the Dawn.

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Pakistan army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweeted,

PM being briefed on defence, internal security and other professional matters. Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information and Minister of State for Interior are accompanying the PM

The meeting lasted for eight hours.

A wonderful Visit of GHQ today. PM and members of the Cabinet are Proud to meet Command of World’s best Army. A detailed briefing in GHQ was of great value. With close coordination n cooperation amongst all institutions we shall overcome all challenges confronting Pakistan,

tweeted Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.

CoAS asserted that the army will function like any other government institution. He further said, “There is perception army interferes in the civilian affairs but please be rest assured, the army will function like any other government institution.”

Bajwa thanked Khan for his visit and his confidence in the country’s armed forces and assured him that the army shall,

God willing, continue to deliver on nation’s expectations of defending the motherland at all costs and sacrifices.

Prime Minister Khan also assured General Bajwa to provide all resources required to maintain the capability and capacity of the armed forces.

Earlier, a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Secretary of State had led to a controversy.

However, some media reports insisted that Pakistan had decided to bury the controversy after the State department shared the transcript of that conversation with Islamabad.

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