Cabinet fails to finalise new security policy

Cabinet fails to finalise new security policy

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Monday failed to pass the much-talked-about internal security policy amidst call by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take extraordinary measures to deal with the extraordinary situation the country is passing through.
The cabinet decided to take up the issue in its next meeting after incorporating suggestions and proposals given by its members. Earlier, the cabinet was given a comprehensive briefing on Internal Security Policy draft. However, the copies of the draft of the policy were taken back from the members of the cabinet after they went through the contents of the policy.
The contents shared with the cabinet members emphasise segregating the local Talibans who are willing to enter into a dialogue with the government from those having no intention of coming to the table talks. About presence of foreign militants on the country’s soil, the policy calls for identifying them and contacting the countries of their origin. With regard to busting the communication links of terrorists, the policy suggests tracking of communication networks by the intelligences agencies.
In his opening remarks Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan is facing a serious security situation and to address this extraordinary situation, “we need to take extraordinary measures”. He referred to the all-parties conference which was convened earlier, noting that its decisions were endorsed by all the political parties. Nawaz stated that the APC also endorsed the stance that economy and security of the country would not be played upon to gain political mileage. “Most of the political parties have shown maturity in this regard,” said the premier.

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