Mar 12, 2009

COAS meets PM amidst charged political atmosphere

His meeting with the chief executive of the country has been given greater significance amidst the escalating political turmoil in the country and the fading hopes of a negotiated settlement between President Asif Ali Zardari and estranged PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, according to political observers.

It was a one on one meeting and there was only a one liner handout about the meeting as a call on giving no word about what transpired in the exchange of views between the two.

Earlier, Gen. Kayani had also called on president Asif Ali Zardari.

His meeting with Prime Minister was given much importance in view of the situation in which the opposition parties pinned high hopes on the prime minister to put his foot down by using his chief executive powers in order to control the political situation turning fiery and temperatures going even higher.

The meeting was also significant in the wake of reports that Punjab government was thinking in terms of calling out the army to quash the marchers after failing to tame it by imposition of section 144 and large scale arrests of political workers.
The foreign diplomats especially from the Western countries have also enhanced their activities and have been holding meetings with the government functionaries and opposition party leaders during the last week.

British High Commissioner, Robert Brinkley also called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and discussed with him matters of mutual interest. His meeting with the PM was the second by a European diplomat in just two days as US ambassador Patterson had also called on the PM a couple of days back to apprise herself with the future course of action to be taken by the government for the long march.

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