Pak military commanders vow to support national interest

Pakistan’s military on Monday said its actions would continue to be grounded in national interests.

Its public affairs division, Inter-Services Public Relations, in a statement on the meeting of all corps commanders at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi said: “The forum reiterated to continue supporting and enabling national efforts to play positive role in line with Pakistan’s national interests. Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa presided over the meeting.”

The Army Chief had while interacting with troops last week said: “Country comes first, self later”.

According to the ISPR, the forum reiterated its support to enable national efforts, which play a constructive role in line with the country’s national interests.

Pakistan’s geostrategic security environment in regard to the evolving situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan was also discussed.

While progress made in the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad was discussed, dialogue on military to military engagement with neighboring Afghanistan to ensure better border management, and potential flood relief work also took place.

According to Dawn, Monday’s meeting was particularly important because it happened on the day the Supreme Court-mandated investigation team — more commonly known as Joint Investigation Team (JIT) — and which included representatives from the Military Intelligence (MI) and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) submitted its findings to the apex court on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family’s offshore holdings and overseas properties.

The official statement on the meeting did not explicitly say that investigations against the Sharif family also known as Panama Papers case was discussed at the meeting, but multiple sources, according to the paper, claimed that developments in the country and their expected future direction were discussed. “Political analysts believe that scheduling the corps commanders’ meeting on a day that could potentially define the direction of the political events in the country was not without symbolism.”

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