July 27, 2021

Bilawal, Maryam hold meeting in Gilgit

A day after differently reacting over the Army’s inquiry report on the Karachi incident, PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari held a one-on-one meeting in Gilgit on Wednesday in an effort to quell misunderstandings between the two parties on the matter.

Later, other senior members of the two parties joined their leaders in the meeting which took place at a hotel where many leaders of Pakistan’s main political parties have been staying in connection with Nov 15 elections in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

Sources said the meeting took place at the initiative of Ms Nawaz after she got reports that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was unhappy over Nawaz Sharif’s tweet in which he had rejected the Army’s inquiry report on the Karachi incident and termed it a “cover-up scapegoating juniors and shielding the real culprits”.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari, on the other hand, had hailed the inquiry report and termed it a step to “fortify the prestige of institutions”.

The Pakistan Army on Tuesday had announced removal of some officials of the premier Inter-Services Intelligence and Pakistan Rangers from their current assignments after finding that they had acted “overzealously” in the alleged kidnapping of the Sindh police chief that had caused “misunderstanding between two institutions”.

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