Provinces to be facilitated on counter-terrorism with intelligence- sharing: PM

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Provinces to be facilitated on counter-terrorism with intelligence- sharing: PM

ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the federal government would facilitate the provincial governments on counter-terrorism by effective coordination and intelligence-sharing through federal agencies.

The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting to review the state of internal security and implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) here at the PM House.

The meeting attended by Finance Minister Finance Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, National Security Advisor Lt Gen ® Nasser Khan Janjua, Director General Inter Services Intelligence Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar and Director General Intelligence Bureau Aftab Sultan discussed security situation and different aspects of the NAP.

The Prime Minister said the gains of NAP and Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the progress achieved so far would be consolidated through coordination at federal and provincial levels with the backing of national resolve.

He said the country had embarked upon a right track and every citizen would reap the benefits of a secure, stable and prosperous Pakistan.

“We will make Pakistan secure for every ethnicity and religion,” he emphasized.

The Prime Minister lauded the performance of law enforcement agencies in maintaining peace and security in the country.

He said elements of terrorism and extremism were receding from the country due to countless sacrifices rendered by the country’s valiant law enforcement agencies, unflinching resolve of the entire nation and efforts of the federal and provincial governments.

The Prime Minister said extremists’ ideology was a global threat and added that Pakistan being the frontline state in war on terror, had suffered reaction of terrorists for several years.

“No other country has suffered to the extent Pakistan has been affected socially and economically while fighting the scourge of terrorism and extremism,” he said.

He expressed satisfaction that the world had acknowledged that Pakistan’s overall security situation had significantly improved due to the ongoing National Action Plan and Operation Zarb-e-Azb.