Needs of armed forces to be met, says PM Nawaz
14 June, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday called on Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif here at the PM Office.
During the meeting with the army chief, the prime minister said that all the needs of the armed forces would be met and the national sovereignty would be protected at all costs. He said the government would act to eliminate terrorism.
The overall security situation of the country and matters relating to national security came under discussion. The current defence budget was also discussed during the meeting.Separately, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt also met the prime minister and briefed him about the professional matters relating to the Pakistan Air Force.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim paid a courtesy call on the prime minister at the PM Office.He congratulated Nawaz on his assumption of the office of prime minister while the prime minister congratulated him for holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country.
The premier said that his government firmly believed in strengthening and sustaining the democratic institutions in the country. He said that the way elections were conducted under the supervision of Justice (retd) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim, who was appointed by consensus, has set a healthy precedent to be emulated. He said the higher voter turnout and the arrangements made by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the smooth conduct of elections had raised the image and prestige of Pakistan at home and abroad.
Later, Sanaullah Zehri, Special Assistant to the prime minister, also called on Nawaz Sharif at the PM Office. The premier said that political parties in Balochistan had demonstrated maturity by electing a chief minister with consensus. "This will go a long way in surmounting the challenges faced by the province," he added. He expressed the confidence that Zehri would strive for peace, progress and stability in Balochistan.