ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top military brass and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday expressed the resolve to ensure the defence of the country with the support of the people “at all costs” in a meeting held at the PM’s personal residence in Bani Gala.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad to brief him on the security situation on both internal and external fronts of Pakistan, among other matters.
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) DG Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was also present on the occasion, a statement issued by the PM Office said on Thursday.
The official Twitter page of ruling party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) tweeted the development earlier today and shared a video of the meeting as well.
During the meeting, professional matters pertaining to the Pakistan Army, and the external and internal security situation were discussed, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The top civil and military leadership expressed concern over “continuous human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir”.
Ceasefire violations and “frequent provocative measures” by the Indian forces along the Line of Control also came under discussion, it added.
“It was resolved that defence of the motherland will be ensured with the support of [the] entire nation at all cost[s],” the official statement said.
The meeting comes days after Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during the UAE visit had warned that the government had credible information that India was planning a ‘surgical strike’ against Pakistan to divert attention from its internal affairs and that it was trying to seek “tacit approval” for the move from its international partners.
Addressing a press conference in Abu Dhabi, Qureshi had warned that India’s irrational approach was driven by its frustration, emanating from internal unrest due to the RSS-BJP regime’s policies aimed at subjugation of religious minorities and disadvantaged segments of the society.
Qureshi’s presser was held the same day that the Indian army “deliberately” fired upon a UN vehicle carrying two military observers on a routine monitoring mission along the restive LoC.
The attack resulted in no injuries but damaged the vehicle the observers were travelling in.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran too informed the international community that India will be given a “befitting response” if it was reckless enough to carry out a “false-flag operation” against Pakistan.
“I want to again warn the world community, as India’s internal problems mount, especially economic recession, growing farmers protests and mishandling of Covid-19, the Modi government will divert from the internal mess by conducting a false flag operation against Pakistan,” the premier tweeted, warning the international community.