Civil, military leadership discuss national security issues


RAWALPINDI, June 7 (APP): Civil and military leadership Tuesday discussed the issues relating to national security in a high level meeting held here at the General Headquarters.

Federal ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Ishaq Dar, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, besides the Foreign Secretary attended the meeting.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the meeting was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence and other senior military officials.

Participants of the meeting dwelt at length on various issues related to external and internal security situation of the country, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

It was noted with satisfaction that successes of the operation Zarb-e-Azb had been phenomenal and it was agreed that “our achievements in bringing stability in the country will have to be sustained whatever it takes.”

The meeting also took cognizance of ongoing regional developments and inimical designs against the country’s stability and prosperity.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to enduring regional peace, it was underlined that hostile intelligence agencies and their facilitators would not be allowed to foment trouble inside Pakistan.

The meeting expressed its concern on May 21 US drone strike saying it was a clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty affecting mutual trust and undermined the spirit of Afghan peace process under mutually agreed Quadrilateral framework.

The leadership resolved to protect the core national interests and effectively countering any negative outside influence.