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Pak Army Chief’s foreign tours need no sanctioning: defence minister

19 November 2015 No Comment

Report in The News, Nov 19, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister, Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said no permission of any sort is required to Army Chief’s visits abroad and that his current trip to the US had been scheduled a couple of weeks in advance.
Talking to media persons here, Khawaja Asif explained that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to US was focused on Pak-US bilateral ties and the overall situation of the region while Army Chief’s trip pertained to Pak-US defence ties and security matters of the region.
“No prior permission is required to Army Chief’s foreign tours and that a procedure already exists for his trips to other countries,” he said.He said the Defence Minister approves steps which have to do with the country’s needs. “As a Defence Minister I grant approval to matters that are forwarded to me from GHQ (General Headuqarters),” he added. http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-204596-Army-Chiefs-foreign-tours-need-no-sanctioning:-Khawaja-Asif

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