PM, COAS meet, discuss security

Published December 13, 2013
General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — File photo
General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House on Friday.

The two discussed matters related to security and other issues pertaining to national importance came under discussion during the meeting.

The meeting came days after the United States warned Pakistan that coalition support reimbursements and security assistance could be held up if land routes remained closed for movement of US and Nato cargo to and from Afghanistan.

The warning came in US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel’s Monday visit to Pakistan during which he met Prime Minister Sharif and the COAS.

Hagel’s trip, which is also the first by an American defence secretary to Pakistan in four years, followed US decision to suspend the use of land routes through Pakistani territory in the wake of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s protests against drone attacks.

During the visit, Hagel urged Pakistan to continue fighting terrorists in the country’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

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