COAS Bajwa denies Army’s involvement in Panama Case against Sharif family

  • The military commander says he congratulated Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif on Kalsoom Nawaz's victory in NA-120 by-polls
  • 'Good relations with both ex-PM Nawaz Sharif and his successor Shahid Khaqan Abbasi'
  • Lawmakers visit GHQ, hold session with COAS

RAWALPINDI – Pakistan Army has no role in Panama Case against the ruling Sharif family, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa affirmed on Monday, saying it comes under the jurisdiction of the country’s courts.

Talking to a delegation of Defence committees from Senate and National Assembly on Monday, the army chief shared that he congratulated Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the victory of Kalsoon Nawaz in Sunday’s by-election in Lahore’s NA-120 constituency. He added that he holds good relations with the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and his successor Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

He further said “people can say or think whatever they want”, according to Geo News.

During a session with the COAS, the lawmakers were given a detailed briefing on the evolving security situation, including the situation on the country’s borders.

The delegation was led by Senator Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qayyum, and also laid a wreath at the Martyr’s monument,
said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Gen Bajwa also expressed his dissatisfaction over the country’s defence budget while highlighting increase in price hike in the country.

The COAS also highlighted the loss Pakistan bore due to the absence of a foreign minister, saying there must not be any vacuum in foreign policy.

The session concluded with a resolve to continue the struggle against the menace of violent extremism through a synergetic national approach based on the principle of “collective potential and shared responsibility”, added the ISPR.