Army, ISI Chiefs Accompany PM Imran Khan on Official Visit to US
- For the very first time, the country’s top generals will be accompanying the Prime Minister to a White House meeting with the US president.
- The Army Chief will be accompanying Prime Minister during his meeting with US President Donald Trump.
- In the Pakistan Embassy, DG ISPR told the security situation in Pakistan is far better now and the sacrifices of the Pakistani security forces have started yielding results.
PM Imran Khan, accompanied by Chief of Army Staff Gen Bajwa and DG ISPR Maj Gen Ghafoor, arrived in Washington for a three-day official visit.
This is for the first time that the two top generals are accompanying a Prime Minister in the White House.
And the moment that everyone has been waiting for is here; Prime Minister Khan lands in US for a 3-day official visit upon POTUS @realDonaldTrump ‘s invitation. Foreign Minister @SMQureshiPTI who is already in US receives PM Khan. On way to Pakistan House now!
— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 20, 2019
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa is scheduled to interact with top US military leadership at the Pentagon.
While talking to media at the Pakistan embassy in Washington, the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that the army chief would accompany Prime Minister during his meeting with US President Donald Trump.
This is the first time that the country’s top generals will be accompanying the Prime Minister to a White House meeting with the US president.
Sources told that Chief of Army Staff is expected to meet former acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan, the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Mark Milley and other senior officials during his visit to Pentagon.
This will be Gen Milley’s first meeting with a foreign military leader since his confirmation by the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee.
The DG ISPR told that the security situation in Pakistan is far better now, and the sacrifices of the Pakistani nation and security forces have started yielding results.
“With the creation of a fence along the Pak-Afghan border, border control is much better, and the fence would help reduce terrorism-related incidents.”
The main focus of security forces in the development of Balochistan and the restructuring of areas affected by terrorism in coordination with the civil administration.
DG ISPR further briefed the media about the increase of tensions with India earlier this year as well as the overall security situation of Pakistan. He praised the role of media in highlighting a positive image of the country abroad.
This will be the first time that the country’s top generals will accompany a Prime Minister to White House meeting with the US president.
According to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, this summit-level interaction is happening after a five-year gap and during these five years, bilateral relations got from bad to worse. He credited PM Imran Khan for halting this decline.