PM briefs NSC on China visit: COAS, PM discuss security, TLP protests

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday presided over a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC).

Sources informed that country’s law and order and security situation in the country and region were discussed.

The prime minister also informed about his recent visit to China, including his meetings with President Xi Jinping and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Security matters pertaining to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were also discussed during the NSC meeting.

A financial aid package was not immediately announced, however, talks in this regard are still ongoing.

The NSC meeting was attended by senior

officials including the foreign, defence and finance ministers. Heads of the armed forces, DG ISI and DG MO were also present.

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday discussed the overall security situation in the country and implementation on demands of financial action task force.

Sources told ‘Daily Morning Mail’ that one-on-one meeting held before the maiden meeting of national security committee at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Both prime minister and the army chief discussed in details the law and order situation after the protest of some religious parties specially Tehreek-e-Labaik.

Both reaffirmed their commitment that no one would be allowed to take the law into his hands, state will not show any flexibility against those elements who were spreading hate to use the religion, sources disclosed.

Military and political leadership decided to take every step in consultation to maintain the internal security of the country.

Sources further said that after the meeting of prime minister and army chief, the national security committee took some important decisions and the task had been assigned to intelligence and law enforcement agencies so that law and order maintained and citizens’ life could be protected.

Regarding FATF, the forum decided to take all possible steps to fulfil the demands of FATF and for this it had been decided that all stake holders would be directed to implement the national action plan in letter and spirit.

The government and military leadership also condemned the killing of JUI s head Maulana Samiul Haq and discussed the Pakistan and Afghanistan situation and relations as well.

Premier Imran met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang and other authorities.

He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Sha

h Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Advisor for Trade Abdul Razzaq Dawood and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal on the visit.

 

The prime minister and his high-level delegation of ministers and advisers, returned to Pakistan on Monday from his first official trip to China since assuming charge as the country’s premier.

 

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