National Security Committee meeting discusses key issues


NC Desk

Islamabad: In-camera meeting of National Security Committee was held under Prime Minsiter Shehbaz Sharif chair discussed talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and situation along Pak-Afghan Border. National, parliamentary and political leadership, members of parliament and military leadership attended meeting. Meeting was briefed about overall security situation in country including internal and external security threats faced by it and steps taken by relevant security institutions to deal with them. Meeting was also briefed on administrative matters of Pakistan-Afghanistan border maintaining that Pakistan has always played a very responsible and positive role for peace and stability in Afghanistan and will continue to do so.

Meeting expressed confidence that Afghan soil will not be allowed to be used against Pakistan.     Meeting maintained that Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in war against terrorism have been acknowledged by world.

It maintained that due to matchless sacrifices of people and security forces of Pakistan and state functionaries, peace and normalcy has been restored and there is no organized network of terrorists in country. Meeting was briefed about details of talks with TTP, all backgrounds in which these talks started and different periods during it.

Meeting was informed that talks are underway with TTP, facilitated by Afghan authorities, in which a government-led committee comprising civil and military representatives is negotiating within framework of Constitution of Pakistan. However, any final decision will be made within contours of Constitution with approval of Parliament.

Political leadership expressed satisfaction over strategy and progress made in this regard so far.