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Maryam says military leadership should have avoided meeting with PM after Senate polls

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Friday said the military leadership “should not have been seen” with Prime Minister Imran Khan a day after the ruling PTI suffered what she called a “battering” in the recent Senate elections.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, she accused the premier of dragging the institutions into politics despite the military repeatedly asking politicians not to do so.

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had met Imran at Prime Minister House on Thursday, a day after the much-hyped Senate polls took place. Director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was also present during the meeting.

No statement on the meeting was issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, which normally gives out press releases on such interactions. However, people were quick to link the meeting to the latest political developments in the country following the Senate elections in which the ruling coalition suffered an upset on the seat for the federal capital where Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh lost to the joint opposition candidate Yousuf Raza Gilani.

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