NSC deliberates on security challenges

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday - February 28, 2018
ISLAMABAD: The national security committee (NSC) met for its 19th meeting under the chairmanship of the prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Tuesday, the NSC was briefed on the current international and regional situation particularly on relations with regional countries.

According to an official statement, foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif briefed the NSC on his recent successful visit to Russia and recalled the desire of the two countries to further strengthen bilateral relations in all areas.

The NSC agreed on the importance of recalibrating the foreign policy framework to bring more focus on countries of the region.

It was agreed to launch new initiatives to enhance economic partnerships with friendly countries in the region and beyond for a win-win cooperation.

The NSC reiterated the significance of China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) and the benefits it brings to the development of Pakistan, the region and beyond. The participants agreed on further strengthening the CPEC cooperation as the flagship program of one belt one road (OBOR) initiative.

The NSC reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding interest in lasting peace in Afghanistan. It stressed the importance of peace among the Afghan people through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned national peace and reconciliation process.

The NSC underscored the need for consistent and continued engagement with Afghanistan. The importance of “effective border management” as well as time bound “repatriation of Afghan refugees” to Afghanistan in a dignified manner was also emphasised.

The NSC condemned the unprovoked Indian ceasefire violations (CFVs) along the line of control (LoC) and the working boundary (WB). More than 400 CFVs in 2018 alone had resulted in the martyrdom of 18 and injuries to scores of innocent civilians.

The NSC observed that through consistent CFVs, the Indian government was trying to divert the international attention from blatant human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“India must give priority to peace,” the NSC agreed and held that Pakistan will continue its fight against terrorism and extremism in the interest of its people.

Our policies will continue to be formulated and implemented in light of our national interests.

The meeting was also attended by defence minister Khurram Dastgir, interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee general Zubair Mahmood Hayat, chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa along-with the two other services chiefs.