ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National Security Committee has said that it requires simultaneous efforts by the Afghan government for restoring effective control on Afghanistan’s territory.
In its meeting presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Friday to discuss matters pertaining to national security, foreign policy in the regional and global context, the National Security Committee though said that Pakistan will continue to strive for return of normalcy in Afghanistan at the earliest.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, National Security Advisor Lt. General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, Director General ISI, Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar and senior civil and military officials.
The participants reiterated that regional peace and progress was directly linked to resolution of all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
They said that Pakistan continues to work for peace and progress in Afghanistan through an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process with the help of both regional and global partners.
It was reiterated that Pakistan has acted as a frontline state in global counterterrorism efforts with unparalleled sacrifices and successes.
The participants said that no other Country in the world has done as much for global safety and security as Pakistan at a huge cost of both men and material.
They appreciated and acknowledged the sacrifices of security forces, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and the national resolve in fighting the scourge of terrorism.