Counterattack any Indian aggression: PM

By Staff Reporter
Friday – February 22, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Chairing a meeting of the national security committee (NSC), prime minister (PM) Imran Khan on Thursday authorised the armed forces of Pakistan to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India.

According to an official statement, the forum noted that the State of Pakistan is not involved in any way, means or form in the Indian occupied Kashmir’s (IOK) Pulwama incident. The incident was conceived, planned and executed indigenously.

In this regard, Pakistan has sincerely offered investigation of the incident as well as the offer of dialogue on the issue of terrorism among other disputed issues.

We expect India to positively respond to the offers. Based on the investigation or any tangible evidence provided, State of Pakistan shall take action against anyone found using our soil.

However, India also needs deep introspection to realise that why people of IOK have lost fear of death. The violence by Indian forces in IOK is highly counterproductive.

The global community needs to play its part in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue in accordance with United Nations (UN) resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris.

Khan said that this is a newer Pakistan and that we are determined to demonstrate to our people that the State is capable of protecting them and believes that the monopoly of violence stays with the State.

This will not come with commitment alone. We recognise that terrorism and extremism are the top issues in the region and the whole region including Pakistan have suffered.

Pakistan alone has endured over 70,000 casualties in the process besides heavy loss to national exchequer. That is why the national action plan (NAP) conceived and issued in 2014, outlined concrete sequenced measures with consensus of all political parties and institutions of Pakistan.

Having addressed direct threat to the State of Pakistan, we need to move to ensure that militancy and extremism are routed from the society and that the State never becomes hostage to extremists.

In this regard, PM directed both the interior ministry and the security institutions to immediately accelerate actions on ground.

Participants discussed geo strategic and national security environment and situation arising after the Pulwama incident.