Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) held at PM House today. The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers of Defence, Interior, Finance, Information, CJCSC, three Services Chiefs and National Security Advisor. The four Chief Ministers, SAPM on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary, DG ISI, DG MO and Secretary National Security Division also participated in the meeting on special invitation.
Internal and external security situation of the country with particular reference to the situation on the Line of Control and operational preparedness of the armed forces was reviewed in detail during the meeting by the participants.
Expressing complete satisfaction over operational preparedness of the valiant armed forces, the forum resolved that the entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with its armed forces and will ensure defence of the country at any cost. “Pakistan cannot be cowed down with hollow rhetoric and aggressive posturing”, reiterated the forum.
The Prime Minister said that people of Indian Occupied Kashmir are struggling for their inalienable right of self determination guaranteed by the UNSC resolutions, which cannot be suppressed through brutal oppression by Indian security forces. ‘It is imperative that the UN and other countries fulfil their longstanding commitment to the innocent and defenceless people of Indian Occupied Kashmir, the Prime Minister emphasized. Pakistan and Kashmir are inseparable; we will continue to extend our moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people at every forum, the Prime Minister reiterated.
“Pakistan does not cherish aggressive designs against any country or nation; we believe in peace and collective betterment”, the Prime Minister stated. “However, our quest for peace must not be mistaken as a sign of weakness; our armed forces are fully capable of thwarting any kind of threat to our sovereignty and territorial integrity”, the Prime Minister remarked.
The participants of the meeting noted that Pakistan is effectively fighting terrorism and has made phenomenal progresses in war against terrorism. Escalation on LoC and Eastern borders will shift Pakistan’s focus away from its efforts to eliminate terrorism from our soil at a critical stage, and is detrimental to the successes made by Pakistan in war on terror. Nevertheless, Pakistani nation and its Armed Forces are fully prepared to respond to any threats.
Referring to recent propaganda and false claims of surgucal strikes made by India, the forum concluded that India should resolve the long standing issue of Kashmir for enduring peace in the region, instead of such futile efforts of diverting attention of the world. India must stop atrocities in Kashmir and recognize the just and legitimate struggle of Kashmiris for their right of self determination.