Threats to CPEC: leadership vow tough response

Civil and military leadership held a meeting at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Tuesday to discuss the security of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other internal security matters.

Both sides expressed their concern on the May 21 US drone strike. They agreed that it was a sheer violation of country’s sovereignty affecting mutual trust and undermining the spirit of the Afghan Peace Process under a mutually agreed quadrilateral framework.

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

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General ISI and other senior military officials attended the meeting.

Civilian side, Federal Ministers Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Adviser on National Security Lieutenant General Nasir Janjua (Retd) and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad attended the meeting.

Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar was conspicuous by his absence.

The issues relating to national security while taking cognisance of ongoing regional developments and inimical designs against the stability and prosperity of the country also came under discussion.

The civil and military leadership resolved to protect core national interests by thwarting all evil designs of inimical forces.

The meeting expressed satisfaction on the successes of the operation Zarb-e-Azb. It was agreed that country’s achievements in bringing stability in the country will have to be sustained at all costs. –Business Recorder