CNS reiterates govt’s resolve to improve internal security situation

ISLAMABAD: The country’s apex national security body Thursday reiterated government’s resolve to improve the internal security situation as it was critical to economic and social development of the country.

The meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at the Prime Minister’s House resolved to explore all policy options and to utilise all available resources to ensure peace and security in the country.

“The Committee endorsed the vision to put Pakistan on the crossroads of opportunity rather than conflict to spur growth for prosperity of the people,” a statement released by the PM House said.

The meeting was attended by ministers of defence, finance, interior and information, the adviser on national security and foreign affairs, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, chief of army staff, chief of naval staff and other senior civil and military officials.

The committee discussed a number of issues related to internal and external security with long term implications for the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the National Security Committee was an apex forum where every state institution gets an opportunity to provide inputs so that all national security related decisions are taken through collective thinking.

The committee agreed that national security was of paramount importance for consolidating the economic gains that the government had achieved through sound macroeconomic policies and hard work of the economic team.

It also noted that the trust shown by the international community, especially the international financial institutions in the Government’s efforts to kick start the economy, required an enabling security environment to achieve sustainable economic growth in the coming years.

The committee was briefed about the prime minister’s recent visit to China, specially Pakistan-China economic corridor and $35 billion worth of early harvest projects in energy, road infrastructure and railways.

Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar briefed the Committee on improving economic indicators and Pakistan’s re-entry into the international bond market through successful launch of $ 2 billion Euro Bond.

The Committee reaffirmed the Government’s resolve to improve relations with the neighboring countries, making Pakistan an anchor of peace and stability in the region.

The meeting also discussed Pakistan-Afghanistan relations in light of the recently held Presidential elections in Afghanistan and congratulated the Afghan people on successful elections and resolved to strengthen democratic institutions in Afghanistan.

The Pakistan-India relations with special reference to the forthcoming Indian elections were also discussed.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the participants on internal security situation. Various aspects of the internal security were discussed threadbare including talks with TTP, situation in Balochistan and situation on western border.