High-level civil-military meeting at GHQ to discuss key security issues

04:14 PM | 7 Jun, 2016
High-level civil-military meeting at GHQ to discuss key security issues
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - A top-level meeting comprising the civilian and military leadership held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) discussed issues pertaining to national security on Tuesday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

Federal ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Ishaq Dar, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi attended the meeting, in addition to the Foreign Secretary.

"The meeting was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence, and other senior military officials," the ISPR said.

Participants discussed various issues related to external and internal security situation of the country, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb were acknowledged at the meeting and it was agreed that "our achievements in bringing stability in the country will have to be sustained whatever it takes."

Participants also took note of ongoing regional developments and inimical designs against the country's stability and prosperity.

Reaffirming Pakistan's commitment to ensuring regional peace, it was underlined that hostile intelligence agencies and their facilitators would not be allowed to foment trouble inside Pakistan.

The meeting expressed its concern over the May 21 US drone strike saying it was a clear violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. Particpants added that the strike had affected mutual trust and undermined the spirit of Afghan peace process under the mutually agreed Quadrilateral framework.