PM chairs high-level meeting on national security; army leadership assures full support in dialogues with Taliban

PM chairs high-level meeting on national security; army leadership assures full support in dialogues with Taliban

pmmPrime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting to review national security on Tuesday. According to sources, the dialogue process with the Taliban and internal security were discussed during the meeting. The military leadership provided assurance that decisions of the government regarding the dialogue process with Taliban would be implemented. The meeting also discussed the challenges at the internal and external level and situation at borders.

The meeting was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Rashid Mehmood, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lt. Gen Zaheer ul Islam, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Defence MInister Khawaja Asif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and special assistant to PM Tariq Fatimi. The meeting discussed the law and order situation of Karachi and dialogues process with Taliban. The meeting also discussed the future strategy of dialogues with Taliban, formation of new government committee for holding of dialogues with Taliban and other important issues were discussed during the meeting. DG ISI briefed the meeting about the recent intelligence information. Interior minister took the meeting into confidence regarding the contacts with Taliban negotiation committee and PTI Chariman Imran Khan.

According to sources prime minister showed confidence over the government strategy for peace efforts, adding that this strategy should continue in future also. The meeting discussed to move forward in dialogue process. The military leadership while showing full confidence said that the military will back every decision made by the political leadership.

Prior to the meeting, the prime minister held a one-on-one meeting with the Army chief.

Sources said the two high-up exchanged views over the ongoing talks with Taliban. They said the PM held consultation with the army chief over formation of a new committee which would be tasked with making direct contacts with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Sources said all stakeholders in the peace talks joined Tuesday’s meeting at the Prime Minister House, adding that the PM would himself finalize names for the new dialogue committee after consultation with the army leadership.

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