Civil, military leadership contemplates over ensuring national security


Islamabad, Sept. 29 (TNS): Meeting of the National Security Committee was held in Islamabad on Friday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.

Civil and military leadership contemplated over ensuring national security.

The meeting was attended by the services chiefs, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Chairman JCSC, all three Services’ Chiefs, DG ISI and senior civil and military officials.

The NSC is meeting for the third time since the pronouncement of the Afghan policy by the US president last month. Top civil and military leadership will deliberate upon security-related matters and Pakistan’s foreign policy.

The meeting comes amid a lot of hubbub over the statement of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif for suggesting, “We must “put our house in order” during an interview this week.

The Committee expressed a deep concern over repeated violations of line of control by India, resulting in loss of innocent lives owing to shelling and firing across the line of control. The Committee also condemned violation of human rights in the Indian occupied Kashmir and use of excessive force against unarmed civilians.

The Committee was informed that the Prime Minister, in his meeting with UN Secretary General, had handed over a dossier documenting the systematic human rights violations by India in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and stressed the need for appointing a Special Envoy on Jammu & Kashmir.

The Committee was briefed that the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister had engaged the leadership of several important countries to share Pakistan’s perspective on regional and global security challenges. Salient aspects and outcomes of the Prime Minister’s visit to New York for the UN General Assembly were also shared with the Committee.

The Committee was also informed that the Foreign Minister had visited key regional countries, including China, Iran and Turkey to apprise their leadership of Pakistan’s perspective on crucial regional and international issues.

The Committee was further informed that Pakistan’s continued engagement with leading world powers on matters of regional security had generated a supportive sentiment for Pakistan amongst world leaders during interactions on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

The Committee also reviewed the current developments in the relationship with Afghanistan as well as common avenues for continued cooperation, especially border management and repatriation of refugees. The Committee reiterated its commitment for peace in Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

The Committee expressed its unwavering resolve to keep Pakistan’s defence impregnable against all forms of external aggression.