Had no knowledge of Gen Bajwa, Zubair meetings: information minister

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Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz said Thursday he had no knowledge of meetings between Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and PML-N leader Muhammad Zubair before the ISPR officially confirmed it on Wednesday.

“No, it was not in my knowledge,” Faraz told SAMAA TV anchorperson Nadeem Malik. He said that army has its own “established protocol” of giving appointments.

Major General Babar Iftikhar told ARY News Wednesday that PML-N leader Muhammad Zubair held two meetings with the army chief in August September. The army chief, according to the ISPR DG, told Zubair that legal matters will be decided in the courts and the political matters should be discussed in the parliament.

Zubair also confrimed that the meetings took place, but he denied seeking any relief from the military. The PML-N leader told news channels that he met General Bajwa in his personal capacity because they are “old friends”.

Zubair also confirmed that ISI DG Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed was also present in the second meeting and the cases against Maryam Nawaz and Sharif came under discussion during the sittings.