Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the powerful Army Chief today agreed on the need to "expeditiously" end the political deadlock that has raised fears of instability, as the embattled government stepped up back channel efforts to reach out to protesters.
As General Dalbir Singh Suhag took over the reins of the fourth largest army in the world Thursday, a village in Haryana`s Jhajjar district was collecting ammunition of a different kind - over 150 kg of ladoos and about 5,000 crackers.
Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, whose appointment as Army chief had kicked up a row, on Thursday took over as the next head of the 1.3 million strong force succeeding General. Bikram Singh who retired from services.
On a farewell visit to the Northern command, outgoing Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh on Saturday met Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here separately and discussed the prevailing security situation in the state.
Naval exercises, confidence building measures along the LAC and joint training exercises between the armed forces are high on agenda of Army chief Gen Bikram Singh during his four-day China visit from tomorrow.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif today visited Pakistan`s first ever inland helicopter overhauling facility built in collaboration with a Russian company and witnessed the first batch of overhauled helicopters, army said.