Nawaz summons national security conference today

* Dr Qadri, Sh Rashid and PML-Q not invited to meeting * PTI pulls out of security moot

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a national security conference today (Saturday) ostensibly to sensitise and brief parliamentary leaders of different political parties and other politicians on the security situation in the country, especially in the wake of North Waziristan military operation. 
The conference will be chaired by the prime minister himself. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, defence minister and other important federal ministers, besides chief ministers of the four provinces and relevant officials will be in attendance. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, Peshawar corps commander DG Military Operations Major Gen Amir Riaz will be representing the military side in the conference. 
The military side will brief the conference about the scope and achievements of operation Zarb-e-Azb, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Through the conference will be held in-camera, a formal statement or briefing is expected from the government side in the evening today. The conference comes at a crucial juncture when mainstream opposition parties like the PPP and Imran Khan-led PTI are demanding that implementation of Article 245 in the federal capital be cancelled and the PTI be allowed to stage a march on the capital on August 14. 
Political Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Asif Kirmani, through an official invitation, has invited all parliamentary leaders, including that of PPP, PTI, MQM, ANP, JUI, JI, PML-Zia, PKMAP, BNP at the Prime Minister’s House at 10 am today on an urgent basis to discuss the security and political scenario. The PTI has pulled out of the conference. PAT chief Tahirul Qadri, PML-Q leadership and APML leader Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed have not been invited to the conference, officials said. The conference comes at a time when the August 14 “million march” of the PTI on Islamabad is only a few days away.

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