ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday authorized the Armed Forces of Pakistan to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India.He was chairing a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) held here
at the PM Office during which the participants discussed geo-strategic and national security environment and the situation arising out after the Pulwama incident.
The forum noted that the State of Pakistan was not involved in any way, means or form, in the said incident. The incident was conceived, planned and executed indigenously, a press release issued by the PM Office here said.
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, the State of Pakistan shall take action against anyone found using our soil. However, India also needed deep introspection to realize that why people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK ) had lost fear of death.The violence by Indian forces in the Occupied Kashmir was highly counterproductive.
The global community needs to play its part in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris.
The Prime Minister said that this was a new Pakistan and they were determined to demonstrate to their people that the State was capable of protecting them and believed that ‘monopoly of violence’ stayed with State.
“This will not come with commitment alone. We recognize 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 conceived and issued in 2014, outlined concrete sequenced measures with consensus of all political parties and institutions of Pakistan.
“Having addressed direct threat to State of Pakistan, we need to move to ensure that militancy and extremism are routed from the society and the State never becomes hostage to extremists.
”In this regard, the Prime Minister directed both the Interior Ministry and the security institutions to immediately accelerate actions on ground.
“At the same time, the Prime Minister authorized Armed Forces of Pakistan to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India.”