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Shahbaz holds talks with Kayani

May 02, 2011

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani exchanged views on different issues, including the security situation, said the source.—File photo

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif held a meeting with Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani here at the Army House on Sunday night, a reliable source told Dawn. The source said Mr Shahbaz Sharif landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on a special flight at around 9.45pm along with his private secretary. Later, Mr Shahbaz set aside police protocol and left for the meeting without his secretary.

The source said the chief minister and Gen Kayani exchanged views on different issues, including the security situation.

The meeting lasted over one hour. Shortly after the CM’s plane landed at the airport, the Punjab House in Rawalpindi was searched by the Special Branch and police were put on alert.

However, there was no activity at the Punjab House till the filing of this report.

The meeting between Shahbaz Sharif and the army chief was held at a time when President Asif Ali Zardari was in his first session with leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q at the Presidency.

Earlier at a ceremony in Lahore, the chief minister severely criticised the PPP and PML-Q for entering into coalition and said that the coalition was not being made for the betterment of people but for looting the public money.