Munir met PLA Commander
On 29 November 2022, Munir took over as the Chief of the Pakistan Army and this is his first visit to China. If Pakistan’s media is to be believed, General Munir’s visit to China is very delicate considering the current politics in South Asia. It has been told by the ISPR that General Munir met the PLA Commander and discussed several issues in detail.
With General Munir, the Commander discussed matters of mutual security interest and military cooperation. Both the military commanders reiterated the need to maintain peace and stability in the region and enhance military-to-military cooperation. Gen Munir also reviewed the operational capabilities of the PLA troops and the training displayed by the troops. Generals of both the countries have agreed for training between Pakistan’s military and PLA in the coming times.
Experts surprised by the delay in the tour
According to Pakistani military experts, it is unusual for the army chief to take this much time to complete his visit to China. Usually new army chiefs in Pakistan visit China within a few weeks of their appointment. General Munir’s visit to China took a long time. It is being told that along with the internal situation in Pakistan, the infection of Covid-19 in China is also responsible for the delay in his visit. This first visit of General Munir is also important because recently Chinese President Xi Jinping has appointed new Prime Minister as well as new Defense and Foreign Ministers. Apart from this, his third term has also started.
Will get help from China
China is not only a big economic helper of Pakistan but also an important strategic partner. Recently, relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been restored because of China. Somewhere Pakistan can get the benefit of this friendship. Pakistan has tried to woo the US in recent months. According to experts, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his government have realized that they have to look to China to further their economic and strategic interests. Apart from this, there is a lot of disappointment because of America’s stand in Pakistan. The people of the country believe that he did not help in getting the IMF bailout.