NSC decides holding of dialogue with Taliban as viable option

NSC decides holding of dialogue with Taliban as viable option

tlISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee of the Cabinet has decided to move forward for holding dialogue with Taliban under the unanimous resolution passed by the All Parties Conference (APC), maintaining that the use of force would be the last option.

The committee also rectified the draft of the national security policy for the protection of internal security of the country.

The meeting was held under Chairmanship of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The committee decided to enhance security at Pak-Afghan border for stopping infiltration of criminal elements into both countries.

PM directed secretary interior to enhance cooperation with provinces for improvement of law and order situation in country. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Information and Broadcasting Minister Parvez Rashid, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, CJCSC General Rashad Mehmood, chiefs of armed forces General Raheel Sharif, Air Chief Martial Tahir Rafiq Butt and Admiral Asif Sandila.

The meeting also discussed the issue of missing persons and situation in Balochistan. The committee will discuss both issues in its next meeting.

The committee focused on key issues of formulation of National Security Strategy to safeguard national interests; strategy on Internal Security; and relations with Afghanistan.

The committee agreed that the economic development and prosperity of the people of Pakistan depends upon ensuring security and stability of the country. The committee members were completely unanimous on national security issues.

The committee was in agreement on a number measures concerning enhancement of security on western border‚ development of Fata and other bordering areas to bring them at par with national standards.
The committee directed the ministries concerned to take measures to facilitate regional peace and stability.

The committee deliberated upon the government’s strategy to engage various groups of Pakistani Taliban to address issues of extremism and militancy. The committee reviewed the decisions taken during the all parties conference and decided to follow the decisions of the APC for holding dialogues with the Taliban.

The committee reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the strategy of negotiations with TTP and considered the use of other options only as a last resort.

The Prime Minister briefed the members of the Committee on his last visit to Kabul. He said a number of steps were agreed for political security and economic and commercial cooperation with the Afghanistan.

The Interior Secretary also briefed the meeting over the targeted operation in Karachi and participants expressed satisfaction over the results. The meeting also reviewed the recent incidents of sectarian killings in the country.

DG Military Operations provided a briefing on the border situation, while DG ISI shared information. DG MO said that the provocative incidents of firing and shelling from Indian side on the LoC have decreased over the past several months.

The committee also decided to formulate a mechanisms for bilateral talks aimed at normalising relations with India. The committee decided to take steps for ensuring the implementation on the 2004 cease fire agreement with India. According to a private TV channel prime minister took committee into confidence regarding the formation of mechanism of dialogues between the national security advisors of both countries so that the efforts regarding nomalisation of relations between the two countries could bring positive results.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the effective steps would be taken for the protection of the national security.

Earlier‚ Chief of Army of Staff General Raheel Sharif called on the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the issues relating to the national security.

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