ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday chaired a key meeting of the National Security Committee in which Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, and other civilian and military officials participated.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz underlined that the national security was of paramount importance for Pakistan. The committee discussed a number of issues related to internal and external security with long-term implications. The prime minister called the National Security Committee an apex forum where every state institution gets an opportunity to provide inputs so that all security-related decisions are taken through collective thinking.
The committee agreed that the national security was of paramount importance for consolidating the economic gains that the government had achieved through sound macroeconomic policies and hard work of the economic team. Sources said the army chief briefed the meeting regarding his talks with the NATO commanders and Afghan leadership in Kabul.
The sources also said that the meeting reviewed the security situation along the Pak-Afghan border and to ponder over the future strategy after the possible withdrawal of the NATO forces from Afghanistan. Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed and Director General of Military Operations Major Gen Amir Riaz also attended the meeting.