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PM Imran, COAS pledge to work for lasting peace in first meeting

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa felicitated Prime Minister Imran Khan on assuming the post of chief executive of the state during their first meeting on Monday at Prime Minister House.

The security situation of the country was the focal point of their discussion. The two top officials vowed to make continuous efforts to ensure long-lasting peace and stability in the country.

The overall security situation of the region also came under discussion.

On August 18, newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan took the oath of office at a ceremony at the President House.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Mr Khan a day after he was elected as 22nd prime minister of the country by the National Assembly to form the government at the Centre.

For the cricket legend-turned-politician, his party’s first place in a national election and becoming country’s prime minister is the culmination of a battle that started more than two decades ago.

For years, he was dismissed as a political dilettante who could not convert his personal popularity into significant seats in parliament for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

But July 25 elections dramatically changed that, putting the former sports star on the brink of power. The PTI party won the most seats in July’s elections – setting up Mr Khan to become PM with the help of small parties, more than two decades after he first entered politics.

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