NSC expresses firm resolve to keep Pakistan’s defence impregnable against all external aggression

  • Reviews current relationship with Afghanistan, expresses concerns over Indian violations along LoC
  • Meeting was attended by services chiefs, finance minister, foreign minister, DG ISI and other senior civil and military officials
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The members of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Friday were briefed on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s recent foreign trips during a high-level meeting comprising top civil-military officials in Islamabad.

The committee expressed its unwavering resolve to keep Pakistan’s defence impregnable against all forms of external aggression.

“The committee was informed that the prime minister, in his meeting with UN secretary-general, had handed over a dossier documenting the systematic human rights violations by India in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and stressed the need for appointing a Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir,” according to the press statement.

The committee was told that PM Abbasi and Asif had “engaged the leadership of several important countries to share Pakistan’s perspective on regional and global security challenges,” a PM House statement said.

“Salient aspects and outcomes of the prime minister’s visit to New York for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) were also shared with the committee,” the handout read.

The committee was briefed on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s visit to key regional players, including China, Iran and Turkey, where he apprised their leadership of Pakistan’s perspective on regional and international issues, the handout said.

The NSC also reviewed current developments in the relationship with Afghanistan, as well as common avenues for continued cooperation, especially border management and repatriation of refugees, the handout said.

The NSC expressed concern over repeated Indian ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) which resulted in the loss of innocent lives in shelling and firing by Indian Border Security Forces.

Participants of the meeting reiterated their commitment for peace in Afghanistan “through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.”

The statement read: “the committee also reviewed the current developments in the relationship with Afghanistan as well as common avenues for continued cooperation, especially border management and repatriation of refugees.”

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Hayat, all three services’ chiefs and senior civil and military officials attended the meeting.