NSC decides to keep a robust defence posture


Islamabad, August 30 (TNS): The National Security Committee (NSC) has decided to keep a robust defence posture to ensure national security in a challenging environment, state-run radio reported.

This decision was taken in its 13th meeting held in Islamabad on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.

The Committee reviewed internal and external security situation and the threats and challenges to national security in the evolving regional and global context.

US President Trump policy on Afghanistan and South Asia was also discussed in the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Khurrum Dastgir Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Foreign Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, National Security Advisor, Director General ISI and senior civil and military officials.

Earlier on August 24, National Security Committee had out rightly rejected the specific allegations and insinuation made by the United States President Donald Trump against Pakistan.

The meeting of National Security Committee was held in Islamabad on Thursday (last week) with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair to discuss the Trump Administration’s South Asia Strategy.

The committee observed that to blame Pakistan will not help in stabilizing Afghanistan. In fact, being its immediate neighbor, Pakistan has an abiding interest in peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has to manage the blow-back of a protracted conflict in Afghanistan that resulted in deluge of refugees, flow of drugs and arms and more recently in the shape of terrorist safe havens in eastern Afghanistan from where anti-Pakistan terrorist groups continue to operate and launch attacks inside Pakistan,” the committee observed.

The fact remains that the complex issues and internal dynamics inside Afghanistan pose a grave challenge not only to Pakistan but to the broader region and the international community.

While noting the US commitment to continue to shoulder the burden of Afghanistan and reverse the expanding ungoverned spaces in the country, the National Security Committee observed that Pakistan has consistently supported all international efforts for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan and has also committed more than a billion US dollars for infrastructure and social development in that country.