PM discusses security, political matters with Shahbaz, Nisar

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Friday and discussed in detail key issues relating to security and political situation.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who formally rejoined his duty on Thursday with a visit to Karachi with the prime minister gave a comprehensive briefing to the Prime Minister about the overall security and political scenario and how to deal with it. The interior minister, according to sources, wanted urgent action from the prime minister on some issues of critical importance.

It is worth mentioning that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif played a key role in removing reservations of the interior minister and the prime minister and his presence in the meeting reflected that some important decisions might have been taken which were held back in the past.

The sources said that the interior minister has been given a free hand to deal with security matters and there would be no constraint as far as financial resources are concerned. These include deployment of rangers and police in major cities for patrol duty, supply of vehicles and modern weapons to them in addition to fresh recruitments.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presented a briefing on the aid being provided to the displaced families. The prime minister expressed his determination to defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and said operation Zarb-e-Azb was going on satisfactorily according to plan. He said that arrangements would be put in place so that the militants do not return to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

He also made it clear that the government would provide whatever resources were needed to meet the requirements of displaced families.

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