ISLAMABAD – The government and the army have expressed resolve for elimination of terrorism while the prime minister, boosting the morale of the ISI and security institutions, has lauded their role in ensuring peace in the country.
At a high-level meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, the civil and military leadership put their weight behind the ongoing peace process with militants. However, they decided to carry on the dialogue with a concise agenda and under well-defined parameters to make it result-oriented.
The meeting held to review important matters of national security was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, ISI chief Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Special Assistant to the PM on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said all the institutions will continue to work in synergy for the protection of people. He appreciated security institutions, particularly the role of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), for ensuring security in the country.
The meeting decided to continue dialogue with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and finalised the agenda for the next round of dialogue. It reviewed progress in the peace talks and conditions set by the TTP for ceasefire extension. They also reviewed the regional security and the situation in Afghanistan after recently held presidential election.
Sources said the high-ups also discussed recent wave of terrorism in the backdrop of ongoing dialogue process with Taliban. Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed that serious concerns were shown by some of the participants about the continued acts of violence in various parts of the country and it was decided that government would hit the elements involved in these attacks with full might.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the meeting on the progress made so far in the TTP talks. “It’s high time to make talks with the TTP successful or take it to some logical conclusion,” Nisar told the participants.
The ISI DG briefed the meeting on the progress made so far in the investigation into recent terrorist attacks in the country and shared detailed evidence in this regard. He assured the meeting that the mastermind of such attacks would be unmasked soon and brought to book. The PM on the occasion lauded the role and efforts of ISI in ensuring protection of citizens and defence of the country.
PM to visit UK tomorrow
Invited by his British counterpart David Cameron, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the United Kingdom from April 30 to May 2 to discuss bilateral ties and regional situation.
The Foreign Office spokesperson giving the details of the visit said that the PM would hold discussions with his British counterpart on matters of mutual interest. He would also hold meetings with the select UK cabinet ministers. The PM would also address an Investment Conference and meet the select chief executives and investors from the financial and energy sectors.
The spokesperson said the interaction of the PM during the visit would apprise investors on improving business environment in Pakistan. He would also meet members of the Pakistani diaspora. The visit would further strengthen the close cooperation and excellent relationship which existed between Pakistan and the United Kingdom, said the spokesperson.