Finalise national security policy: NSC

Staff Report
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
ISLAMABAD: The 16th national security committee (NSC) meeting, under chairmanship of prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Monday, condemned the terrorist attack on Bethel memorial Methodist church in Quetta, terming it to be against the fundamental tenets of peace and tolerance taught by Islam, tasked national security advisor Nasser Khan Janjua to finalise the national security policy at earliest, after taking all stakeholders on board; an official statement said.

Foreign secretary briefed the meeting on the organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) extraordinary summit and OIC council of foreign ministers’ meetings on Al Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) held in Istanbul on 13th December 2017, following the decisions taken by the United States (US) Donald Trump’s administration to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its announcement to shift US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Observing that these two decisions had created an incomprehensible situation not just for the Muslim ummah but also for the international community in general, the committee emphasised that establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State remained a major objective and that Pakistan cannot accept the unilateral decisions taken by Trump’s administration and that it will continue to impress upon the US, its moral and political responsibility towards a just and fair resolution of the issue and the need to revoke the steps taken.

NSC reviewed the rapidly evolving security situation in the Middle East as well as the latest developments in Pakistan’s relations with Gulf cooperation council (GCC) States and Iran. After thorough analysis, the meeting reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to work for the unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah, for which it shall intensify its efforts in view of the growing challenges.

Interior secretary apprised the committee of the progress made in each of the 20 areas of the national action plan (NAP). The Committee observed that while fair progress had been made in the implementation of the NAP, certain areas, such as policy and institutional reform, needed more commitment and attention.

NSC observed that as a responsible member of the international community, Pakistan will continue to fulfil its obligations under the financial action task force (FATF) framework, which will be shared in due course with the FATF.

Janjua along-with Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, joint chiefs of staff committee (JCSC) chairman general Zubair Mehmood Hayat, chief of the army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of the naval staff admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, chief of the air staff air chief marshall Sohail Aman and senior civilian and military officials attended the meeting.