LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that efforts being made by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to protect national interests must be respected and honoured.
Sharif, who is also president of embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), stated this while talking to reporters at the Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute on Wednesday. The chief minister said that he had found the army chief professional and straightforward when he had a meeting with the former.
It is for the first time that the PML-N’s president openly showered praises on the COAS, while some of his party members have been accusing the military establishment of the crisis facing the Sharif family.
Shehbaz Sharif reiterated, “The civilian and military authorities must work together to counter the challenges facing Pakistan”.
Responding to a question, the Punjab CM said that he had read news about the ‘Bajwa Doctrine’ but was not much aware of it beyond them.
Armed forces rendered sacrifices to ensure the country’s defence and to weed out terrorism, Shehbaz Sharif said, adding that passion of the forces should be hailed.
Replying to a query regarding the active role played by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Dawn News quoted him as: “It is the responsibility of NAB to ensure accountability and to investigate dishonesty, whether it is by a minister or a bureaucrat… but this accountability needs to be indiscriminate.” He said the anti-graft watchdog should recover money from established cases involving billions of rupees.
Talking about his recent meeting with former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the PML-N president said that former made unmatched services for the party. He added that he had told everyone not to violate party discipline as there is need to focus on upcoming elections instead of leveling allegations.
The chief minister hoped that next general elections would be held on time in transparent manner.