Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has confirmed meeting former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) Bajwa in Lahore.
Earlier, reports emerged in local media suggesting that the former top general visited the residence of Saqib Nisar, the country’s top jurist who served till January 2019.
According to the reports, they reportedly shared views on political matters in the rare meeting held in Lahore’s Garden Town. It was also reported that it was the first-ever informal interaction between Gen (retd) Bajwa and Justice (retd) Mian Saqib Nisar after leaving the coveted posts.
As the reports made the rounds, both Gen (retd) Bajwa and Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar remained silent, neither confirming, nor denying the meeting. However, it seems that Justice Saqib Nisar finally confirmed to a private media publication that the meeting indeed took place.
Former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar confirmed that Gen (retd) Bajwa reached Lahore and wanted to meet for a cup of tea, to which Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar invited him to his house.
Moreover, the former Chief Justice also clarified that the meeting had no specific purpose and that Gen (retd) Bajwa, after his retirement, is meeting all contemporary officers who have now retired.
تصدیق کے لیے اردو نیوز نے سابق چیف جسٹس سے رابطہ کیا تو انہوں نے اس بات کی تصدیق کی کہ ’جنرل باجوہ آئے تھے مجھے ملنے۔ انہوں نے کہا تھا کہ وہ چائے کے کپ پر ملنا چاہتے ہیں تو میں نے انہیں کہا کہ وہ گھر ہی آجائیں۔ https://t.co/xpnhi2pcre
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After a six year tenure, Gen (retd) Bajwa officially retired as the Chief of Army Staff last month. A change of command ceremony was held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi during which Bajwa passed the baton to his successor, General Asim Munir, who became the 17th army chief of the country.
Meanwhile, after the general elections in 2018 when PTI Chairman Imran Khan became the Prime Minister, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar retired the following year, but Gen Bajwa got an extension.
The last time General (retd) Bajwa and Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar were seen together was at a function organized for the Bhasha Dam.