LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani met the Sharif brothers in Lahore on Saturday. Gen Kayani met both Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif at the former Chief Ministers residence in Model Town Lahore.

Kayani, who was in plain clothes, had lunch with the Sharif’s after the meeting, which took place for around an hour.

The Army chief congratulated the Sharif brothers over their victory in the recent general elections. Matters of the state and future course of action were also discussed in the meeting.

Nawaz, Shahbaz and Kayani spoke about democracy’s success in the country after the first time a government completed its five-year tenure.

All three hoped that the democratic process would continue in the same manner which will help strengthen the institutions in the country.

Sources said that PML-N’s foreign policy and Pakistan’s internal security issues also came under discussion.

The Sharif's emphasised their party’s top priorities, which included stability in the country’s deteriorating security conditions.

The Army chief had also given Imran Khan a phone call few days ago, congratulating him and his party over the victory in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

—Reporting by Daniyal Hassan

Updated May 18, 2013 04:34pm

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khanm
May 18, 2013 05:40pm

My advice to nawaz shareef....dont repeat the same mistake twice.... if he catches my drift

Ahmed
May 18, 2013 05:45pm

The fact that Kayani came in civilian clothes and not an army uniform is a good step towards democracy. Contrast this with Musharraf who was always hiding behind his "second skin" (i.e., the military uniform) and seeking to set himself up as being at par with elected leaders on the strength of the clothes he was wearing (i.e. the military uniform).

Salim Akbani
May 18, 2013 06:17pm

The credit also goes to Kayani, who kept GHQ, largely out of politics and kept a watch on the mini Bonaparts that are always lurking in its corridors.

The era of dictators is over, with the virtual and peaceful overthrow of the Musharraf.

Prakash Rao
May 18, 2013 06:59pm

Good thing about being in civilian clothes when meeting Prime Minister designate is that Army chief does not have to Salute him.

zahid
May 18, 2013 07:01pm

I HOPE KIYANI DID NOT ASK FOR ANOTHER 3 YEAR OF EXTENSION.

Manoj
May 18, 2013 09:06pm

I guess Kayani is showing far more maturity than his predecessors. If Pakistani top ring continues to work in the direction of development while setting their egos aside, it will be beneficial for their country.

independentthinker
May 18, 2013 09:25pm

While i commend the head of Pakistan's armed forces for welcoming the new civilian government, I strongly urge them to keep this government in check. Unlike the previous civilian governments, who literally robbed the country blind (including some military rulers), i hope General Kayani would realize that this country has suffered enough at the hands of these greedy leaders and it is high time, law and order be brought back to this country and all the past criminals be held accountable, whether they were political leaders or military rulers or belonged to the judicial committee. With his military might, I am sure Kayani can ensure the new government is held accountable and everyone's only focus would be how to better our country. We can't afford anything short of that.

Azam
May 18, 2013 10:18pm

Dictation Time...

zahid
May 19, 2013 12:02am

Hope kiyani is not asking 3 year extension.

Tamza
May 19, 2013 01:10am

Kayani was in civilian clothes. Perhaps getting ready to be the Defense Minister in the cabinet; might not be a bad choice/

Jamil Malik
May 19, 2013 04:41am

Kayani a mature and loyal Pakistani has confidence in political system as he has been supporting the previous govt. Kayani we are proud of u.

I. Khan
May 19, 2013 05:44am

Bad move by General Kiyani, going to Lahore and meeting with Nawaz Sharif at his residence while he is not a Prime Minister yet makes him look like such-hole and a party of PML/N..

imran
May 19, 2013 05:49am

Who is the Boss?

mo
May 19, 2013 06:51am

@zahid: so what if kayani is asking for a 3 year extension as kayani is good for democracy and protector of democracy.

Ahmed
May 19, 2013 09:36am

@khanm: Hope Kiyani not asking for 3rd terms, need new and young fresh COS. He should not meet until PM take oath. This time PM should not take advise of Ch Nisar for nominating COS. Senior most should get chance.