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Can Gen Bajwa phone call to Bilawal repair the damage to the institution’s presetge?

Rawalpindi: A major development in the political environment of the country happened on Tuesday when COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa not only took notice of the Karachi incident and directed Commander Karachi Corps to immediately inquire into the circumstances to determine the facts, but made a telephone call to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and discussed the Karachi incident.

The COAS has also sought a report on the incident. The development came after Sindh Inspector General (IG) Mushtaq Mehar and many other senior officers applied for two months leaves in alleged protest against the arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar Awan during his two-day visit to Karachi.

According to media reports, due to alleged pressure of some ‘state actors’, the Sindh police had to arrest Captain (retd) Safdar from a hotel in Karachi where he was staying along with his spouse and former prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz.

The credible sources said that  Sindh IG Mushtaq Mehr, Additional IG Ghulam Nabi Memon, Additional IG [Special Branch] Umar Yaqoob and many other senior officers have made their leave applications. The sources also confirmed that the decision of all the police officers is a result of their helplessness in the case of Captain (retd) Safdar Awan.

Earlier, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and many PML-N leaders have claimed that the hand of hidden forces was behind the arrest of Safadr Awan. It is to mention here that, On October 19, the news of PML-N leader Captain (retd) Safdar Awan’s arrest drew strong reaction on both mainstream and social media.

In the latest development, COAS General Bajwa on Tuesday made a telephone call to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and discussed the Karachi incident. According to the PPP twitter handle, during the telephonic conversation, Bilawal expressed his appreciation to the Army chief for taking prompt notice of the Karachi incident and his assurance of conducting a transparent inquiry on the incident.

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