Lahore: Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Saturday met Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif to exchange views on regional situation and the war on terror.

The meeting, sought by Kayani, was the first between the two since Sharif's PML-N emerged victorious in the May 11 general election and is all set to form the government.

During the meeting, which lasted over 3 hours, the Army Chief gave an overall view of the security situation prevailing in the country. The meeting was held at the Model town residence of Nawaz Sharif's brother and former Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab Province, Shahbaz Sharif.

No other PML-N leader was present at the meeting.

Sharif has already said the next Army Chief will be selected on the basis of seniority and said that he doesn't believe Kayani would seek another extension. Kayani got an unprecedented three-year extension in 2010 from the previous Pakistan People's Party-led government and is set to retire in November.

In a separate development, Sharif accepted President Asif Ali Zardari's invitation to a luncheon he is hosting for the visiting Chinese Premier on May 22.


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