CCNS favours Taliban talks

The Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) has reaffirmed the government decision that negotiations with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) would be the priority option while other options would be considered as a last resort. The CCNS meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held discussions on three key issues; (i) formulation of National Security Strategy; (ii) strategy for Internal Security;(iii) and relations with Afghanistan.

The Committee agreed that the economic development and prosperity of the people of Pakistan depended upon, ensuring security and stability of the country. The committee members were completely unanimous on national security issues. The Committee agreed on a number of measures concerning the enhancement of security on western border, development of FATA and other bordering areas to bring them at par with national standards. The committee directed the concerned ministries to take measures to facilitate regional peace and stability.

The Committee deliberated upon the government’s strategy to engage various groups of Pakistani Taliban to address issues of extremism and militancy. The Committee reaffirmed government’s commitment to the strategy of negotiations with TTP and considered the use of other options only as a last resort. The Prime Minister briefed the members of the Committee on his last visit to Kabul.

He said a number of steps were agreed upon for political security and economic and commercial cooperation with Afghanistan. Ministry of interior has reportedly presented a draft of national security policy to the meeting to deal with the menace of terrorism. A senior official of the Ministry reported to have briefed the meeting over the targeted operation in Karachi. The meeting was attended by federal ministers, chiefs of the forces, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), advisor to prime minister on foreign affairs and national security as well as senior officials of ministry of interior and foreign affairs.

Recorder Report