Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa is on a visit to Iran where he met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Chief of Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri. One picture in which General Qamar Bajwa is saluting Iranian President is circulating on social media on which Pakistanis are not happy.
Social media users form Pakistan believe that the salute to a ruler from another country is a disrespect to the whole nation while many believe that it is how a civilian is welcomed by a General.
COAS arrived Tehran, Iran on official visit. Scheduled to meet Iranian civilian and military leadership.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) November 5, 2017
General Qamar Bajwa is on a three day visit to Iran which is the first Chief of Army Staff to officially visit Iran for military talks. Previously General Musharraf visited Iran as country’s Chief Executive to represent Pakistan in ECO Summit while COAS General Raheel Sharif only accompanied PM Nawaz Sharif to mediate between Iran & Saudi Arabia.
It is also expected that COAS will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.