Pakistan acts as frontline state in global counterterrorism efforts: PM


ISLAMABAD, July 07 (TNS): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday reiterated that Pakistan has acted as a frontline state in global counterterrorism efforts with unparalleled sacrifices and successes.

Chairing a meeting of the National Security Committee at PM House, Islamabad, he said, “No other country in the world has done as much for global safety and security as Pakistan at a huge cost of both men and material.”

The sacrifices of security forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and the national resolve in fighting the scourge of terrorism was acknowledged and appreciated during the meeting. The meeting also discussed matters pertaining to national security, foreign policy in the regional and global context.

The participants reiterated that regional peace and progress was directly linked to resolution of all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan continues to work for peace and progress in Afghanistan through an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process with the help of both regional and global partners, and will continue to strive for return of normalcy in Afghanistan at the earliest. This however, requires simultaneous efforts by the Afghan government for restoring effective control on its territory.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, Director General ISI, Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar and senior civil and military officials.