Islamabad: The third meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) was held at the Prime Minister’s House on Thursday and was chaired by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Defence, Finance, Interior and Information, the Adviser on National Security & Foreign Affairs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and other senior civil and military officials.
The Committee discussed a number of issues related to internal and external security with long term implications for the country.
The Prime Minister said that the National Security Committee is an apex forum where every state institution gets an opportunity to provide inputs so that all national security related decisions are taken through collective thinking.
The Committee agreed that 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.
The trust shown by the international community, especially the IFIs in the Government’s efforts to kick start the economy, required an enabling security environment to achieve sustainable economic growth in the coming years.
The Committee was briefed on the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, specially Pakistan – China economic corridor and $ 35 billion worth of early harvest projects in energy, road infrastructure and railways.
The Minister for Finance, Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar briefed the Committee on improving economic indicators and Pakistan’s re-entry into the international bond market through successful launch of $ 2 billion Euro Bond.
The Committee reaffirmed the Government’s resolve to improve relations with the neighbouring countries, making Pakistan an anchor of peace and stability in the region.
The Pakistan-Afghanistan relations were discussed in light of the recently held Presidential elections in Afghanistan.
The Committee congratulated the Afghan people on successful elections and resolved to strengthen democratic institutions in Afghanistan. The Pakistan – India relations with special reference to the forthcoming Indian elections were also discussed.
The Interior Minister, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan briefed the participants on internal security situation. Various aspects of the internal security were discussed threadbare including talks with TTP, situation in Balochistan and situation on western border.
The Committee reiterated the Government’s resolve to improve the internal security situation which is critical to economic and social development. It was resolved that all policy options will be explored and all available resources will be utilized to ensure peace and security.
The Committee endorsed the vision to put Pakistan on the crossroads of opportunity rather than conflict to spur growth for prosperity of the people.